Monday, March 30, 2009
ERP shift congestion to other roads
I drove from my home to Orchard Hotel to attend a conference. I paid $4.50 to pass 2 ERP gantries along the CTE. But, I got stuck in slow traffic along the PIE and wasted 20 minutes. So, the high charges did not help to reduce my travelling time.
Many people drive private cars to work. This caused congestion on the major roads. The ERP does not help to reduce congestion. It only shift the congestion to other roads.
A better way is to develop more efficient public transport. We need a system similar to Hong Kong where light buses bring people for short distances to the nearest train station or bus interchange. Most people wait 1 minute for a light bus.
With many people out of work in Singapore, it is time for the Land Transport Authority to set the framework for them to make a living by driving a light bus, and offering a service to the travelling public. This may reduce congestion on the road.