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10/26/2010

ERP rate hike

23 ERP gantry points will hike its rate by $1 come 1 Nov. Ford Road exit from ECP and Kallang Paya Lebar Expressways will now charge $4 instead of $3 for each crossing. Other gantries will increase from $2 to $3 and $1 to $2. With the hike, travelling in the expressways will be smoother and faster. The only problem is that the minor roads will be more congested as drivers trying to avoid paying the higher fees will be diverted to them. And once these roads become jammed, motorists will complain again and there is a high possibility that gantries will be erected in the minor roads to alleviate the traffic conditions there. This is a never ending musical chair game.

6 comments:

Wally Buffet said...

"This is a never ending musical chair game."

Nope.

This is highway "robbery".

Fortunately, I will do my travelling between 10am and 12pm when most roads with gantries are ERP free.

Exit CBD or fringe via Victoria Street, Kallang, Marine Parade and home.

Hehe.

Anonymous said...

The tried and tested formula for solving problems in red dot.

Now that the circle line is almost complete and operational, it is not too early to encourage travelling on public transport.

But, not to worry. COE prices will still continue to rise and money will still flow into our reserves.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Still ok lah. One buck. You can't get away from "pricing the space on roads" especially at peak periods where the scarcity of road space increases, and therefore the only logical way is to impose a "premium" on the already scarce resource.

If there was no ERP, there'll be round the clock traffic jams.

So IMO, just pay up.

Matilah_Singapura said...

To put it simply:

If a 'problem' can be solve by a payment, it is no longer a 'problem -- it is simply a 'cost'.

Wally Buffet said...

Actually, I am more worried about the electrical radiation from the gantries when it attempts to read the IUD device than the extra one buck.

Since it is such a money making machine, maybe some boot lickers will want to increase the radiation power a wee bit to make sure that the fee is definitely deducted.

More business for the hospitals.

We are fighting a losing battle with the big "C" word.

Hehe.

Anonymous said...

"This is highway "robbery" ", unquote.
Aptly and nicely said.