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ERP rates at 5 gantries to go up from Monday
FROM next Monday, using the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) slip road into the Central Expressway (CTE) will cost car drivers $4.50 a pass between 8.30am and 9am.
The stretch of road was already Singapore's most expensive after the Land Transport Authority (LTA) upped the electronic road pricing (ERP) rates for cars to $4 just three months ago.
Drivers of heavy trucks and buses will incur a hefty $9 charge.
ERP rates at two other CTE gantries will also rise by 50 cents. The one north of Braddell Road will charge $2.50 between 8am and 9am, while the one south of it will charge $3.50.
This means someone living in northern estates like Sengkang, Yishun or Yio Chu Kang using the CTE during the morning peak could pay $6. Add another $2.50 if the drive continues into the Central Business District.
Warehouse manager Adrian Wang, 47, said he avoids the CTE 'because it is congested, and yet you have to pay'.
The Yishun resident said he takes the Mandai-Bukit Timah-Clementi route - which is longer, but free - to his workplace in Pasir Panjang.
Communications manager Diana Lee, 33, also avoids the CTE. The Hougang resident heads east to the Nicoll Highway to get to her Raffles Place office.
'Even when Nicoll Highway was closed for repairs, I used other roads,' Ms Lee said, adding that the CTE is 'too expensive and it's still jammed'.
Observers reckon that may change soon. Associate Professor K. Raguraman, a transport researcher at the National University of Singapore, said '$4.50 seems like a high sum to pay, especially in combination with other ERP charges along the way'.
He said the sum 'may just do the trick' in motivating motorists to change their travel patterns, or to use public transport.
The LTA is also raising the ERP rate for the Kallang Bahru gantry of the PIE by 50 cents to $1.50 between 8.30am and 9am. And it is extending the operation of the Bendemeer Road gantry by half an hour to 9.30am.