The people at LTA should give themselves a pat on the back because there is now a smoother ride on CTE as motorists avoid higher ERP charges. The increment has caused motorists to think twice before heading for that gantry-laden expressway.

However, my personal opinion is that the motorists will just jam up other smaller roads, which may result in a review of road conditions at that road. Whether such review will spark off a decision to build an ERP gantry is something that I am not sure of.

Speaking of which, since they have already built an ERP along Dunearn Road towards the city just before the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS), will they be building one along Adam Road just before Farrer Road? It’s quite jam there in the morning, especially when everyone rushes towards Buona Vista; or perhaps along Upper Bukit Timah Road oops! they already have one there.

Seriously, I don’t really think the ERP will help much because if you need to drive to a particular place via the expressway and that’s the most direct, then why bother taking other roads that’ll either jam or, that’ll create a huge detour for you? Or do you really have to wake up very early (like 5am)?

Are they encouraging more people to use public transport? However, the public transport system is in dismay – the peak hour trains are always jammed, the buses take 45 mins to come, and the taxies are usually nowhere in sight. By the way, I think someone mentioned that taxies are not supposed to be considered as public transport – is anyone able to verify this (statement)?

I was talking to a friend of mine once – if they seriously want to decrease jams, then they should really consider increasing the cost of *buying* a vehicle/car, not wait for people to buy cars and then start profitting from it. If the aim is to profit, then it is no longer about solving jams, it’s about economics. Of course, we have to, ahem, look at the bigger picture because it is not so simple. *

One last thing – the statement about traffic taking a few days to stabilize, in my personal opinion, usually means the people will forget about the $5 and start jamming up the expressways again.

TRAFFIC flow on the southbound Central Expressway (CTE) showed some signs of improvement on Monday, possibly because motorists tried to avoid paying the record $5 to use certain slip roads.

Motorists heading down the CTE from the Pan-Island Expressway in the morning paid a record $5 for using that route.

The increased charges at several Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantries kicked in on Monday as part of the third wide-scale ERP increase this year.

In particular, the gantry located at the PIE slip road to the CTE went up from $4.50 to $5 between 8.30am and 9am.

The Land Transport Authority said that traffic speeds on the CTE (southbound) showed some improvement on Monday and was ‘smooth flowing’ during the ERP charging hours.

It added that traffic flow along alternative routes of Lornie Road, Thomson Road and Bendemeer Road also ‘remained satisfactory’.

ERP charges at Bendemeer Road and Thomson Road gantries also went up from $1.50 and $2 respectively from 8.30am to 9am.

On the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE), the LTA said that a traffic incident affected traffic flow along a stretch where a new ERP gantry was in operation.

Traffic usually takes a few days to stabilie after a revision of ERP rates and commencement of new gantries, said LTA.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 6th November 2007.

* words in italics quoted from a very wise man



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