Ok, the only way to ease traffic congestion is to have more ERP gantries and increase ERP charges.... that is what our Singapore Government chose to do and they believes that this is the only way to solve this problem. While COE prices are going down, cars are getting affordable.
Very soon, we will find a lot of people owning cars but the only place one get to see them is in the carpark. Reason being, it will be too expensive to drive.
Extracted from channelnewsasia.com
ERP rates going up again for third time this year
SINGAPORE : Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates are going up again for the third time this year.
There will also be new gantries erected.
The highest amount will be charged at the Pan Island Expressway (PIE). The gantry affected is the one at the slip road into the Central Expressway (CTE).
From November 5, motorists will pay $3.50 from 7:30am to 8:00am. The amount charged goes up to $5.00 between 8:30am and 9:00am. This is a $1.50 increase in the 8:30am to 9:00am period since February this year.
The latest hike comes just days after the opening of the Kallang-Payar Lebar Expressway (KPE) Tunnel.
The KPE is expected to ease congestion on the CTE when it opens fully late next year.
ERP rates will also go up by 50 cents at six other gantries.
The CTE gantry north of Braddell Road will cost $2.50 between 7:30am and 8:00am.
Three CTE gantries south of Braddell Road will cost $4.00 between 8:30am and 9:00am.
Those travelling along Bendemeer Road will have to pay $1.50 from 8:30am to 9:00am, instead of the current $1.
Drivers on Thomson Road will also have to pay $1.50 between 8:30am and 9:00am.
New ERP gantries will also start operating on November 5.
There will be one on the north-bound CTE just before the PIE exit, and two along the east-bound ECP before the Rochor Road exit and Ophir Road slip road.
There is also another one on the south-bound Bukit Timah Expressway after the Dairy Farm exit before it joins the PIE.