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LTA studying scheme to reward off-peak commuters

THE authorities are mulling over ways to persuade public transport commuters to travel during non-peak hours, so as to reduce bunching of services, crowding and congestion associated with morning and evening rush hours.
The Straits Times understands that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is looking in particular at a proposal by academic Balaji Prabhakar, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University.
Prof Balaji worked on a scheme in Bangalore between October 2008 and April 2009, where 14,000 commuters – largely those working for IT firm Infosys Technologies – were given incentives to leave for work earlier in the morning.
Employees earned credits according to how much earlier they were, and the credits entitled them to lucky draws with prizes of between 500 and 12,000 rupees (S$330).
Each week, 96,000 rupees were set aside, an amount roughly equivalent to the fuel that buses waste in rush-hour traffic jams.
The plan doubled the number of offpeak commuters.
In an interview with The Economist recently, Prof Balaji said this type of scheme is based on a principle of behavioural economics that says that people are rarely motivated by small rewards – say, a 10-cent fare discount. But they will be moved if there is a fair chance of winning $100 a week.
A scheme put in place by train operator SMRT way back in 1997 seems to bear this theory out.
Commuters who exit at a station within the city area before 7.30am from Mondays to Saturdays were given a 10-cent discount. SMRT said it did this to encourage off-peak travel.
It followed this up with a breakfast coupon that entitled early travellers to discounts of 10 to 50 per cent at selected outlets. But it discontinued the scheme after only two months.
SMRT admitted yesterday the impact of the initiative was ‘slight’, but added that it will continue to explore differential pricing to encourage change in commuters’ travel patterns.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said recently on his Facebook page that such a plan was ‘not a bad idea’.
‘We can certainly ask SMRT to ponder over it,’ he added.
Dr Lim Wee Kiak, former chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee on Transport, was one proponent of ways to flatten peak-hour travel volumes.
His successor, Mr Cedric Foo, said yesterday that he was ‘encouraged’ that the LTA was studying such a scheme.
‘But it is not just a transport issue,’ he said.
‘Employers, schools will have to stagger starting times.
‘Or even stagger school holidays – but there will be trade-offs, because it will be hard for families to travel together.’
SBS Transit, which told The Straits Times it was in talks with the LTA on ways to ‘even out commuter demand’, noted that ‘peak-hour demand is a function of many factors, including office and school hours’.
‘As a public transport operator, we are all for any campaign which can help relieve peak traffic flow,’ SBS Transit spokesman Tammy Tan added.
Transport researcher Lee Der Horng of the National University of Singapore described the scheme as ‘interesting’.
When contacted, the LTA said it was still studying Prof Balaji’s proposal, and nothing had been decided yet.
The concept of spreading out peak demand is not entirely alien to the LTA, though. Singapore’s road-pricing scheme aims to achieve that.
Prof Balaji declined to say more about his scheme except that ‘the proposal is still being fleshed out and the details aren’t yet finalised’.

3 new ERP gantries from Feb 21

THE Shenton Way-Chinatown Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) cordon will be extended from Feb 21.
There will be three new gantries in operation from that day, as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) adjusts the ERP cordon to include the Marina Bay Financial Centre as part of the larger Central Business District.
The existing gantry along Central Boulevard will be removed as part of the adjustments.
In its place, two new gantries will operate as part of the Shenton Way-Chinatown cordon.
The first is along the road numberswiki.com

from Maxwell Road leading to Central Boulevard, and the other is along Marina Station Road leading into Central Boulevard.
A third gantry will operate along west-bound Bayfront Avenue as part of the Singapore River Line ERP gantries, together with the existing gantry along east-bound Bayfront Avenue towards Raffles Avenue.
The new gantries will follow prevailing rates and operating hours for the existing Shenton Way-Chinatown cordon and the Singapore River Line respectively.

There will be 71 operational ERP gantries islandwide as of Feb 21.

ERP Rates Drop for first time

In light of the recent Budget setting in Parliament, LTA revised the rates for ERP and for the first time in Singapore’s history, there are decreases in ERP rates, not counting in the drop in ERP rates during school holidays.

The following revised rates would be put into effect on 2 February 2009. The next quarterly review of the ERP rates would be in May 2009.

Southbound CTE North of Braddell Road (on weekdays)
8.30am – 9.00am | Decrease by $0.50 to $2.00

Westbound PIE (Kallang Bahru) (on weekdays)
7.30am – 8.00am | Decrease by $0.50 to FREE

Westbound PIE (Eunos Link) (on weekdays)
7.00am – 7.30am | Decrease by $1.00 to $1.00

Bugis-Marina Centre Cordon (Saturdays)
3.00pm – 5.00pm | Decrease by $1.00 to $1.00

Eastbound ECP (Marina South) and on slip road from Ophir Road – 2 gantries (on weekdays)
6.30pm – 7.30pm |
Increase by $0.50 to $2.00

Read LTA’s News Release at http://app.lta.gov.sg/corp_press_content.asp?start=2070

ERP rates for some gantries lowered during December school holiday

Channel NewsAsia

The Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates at some gantries will be reduced by between 50 cents and S$1.00 during the December school holiday.

Rates at the Central Expressway (CTE), Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), Shenton Way, Bendemeer, Thomson and Lor 6 Toa Payoh gantries will be cut from Saturday, November 15 till December 31.

The ERP rates will revert to the pre-school holiday rates from 2 January 2009.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the next ERP rate review will be in February, which is the first quarterly review for 2009.


No cashcard? Use credit card for ERP

Channel NewsAsia

Motorists will soon have an alternative mode of payment for ERP charges.

In a link-up between the Land Transport Authority and DBS Bank, motorists will be able to subscribe to a new credit card scheme that will allow any bank’s Visa/MasterCard credit card to be used to pay ERP charges.

The scheme, which starts from November 5, will benefit motorists who may forget to insert their CashCards in their IUs or may not have the time to top-up their CashCards when the card balances are low.

Jeremy Soo, Managing Director and Head of DBS Consumer Banking Group, Singapore, said the partnership with LTA reflects the bank’s commitment to provide convenience to customers through innovative modes of e-payment.

Motorists who wish to enjoy the new credit card scheme, which comes with a monthly subscription fee of S$2.50 must first subscribe online to the scheme via the One.motoring or MotorPay websites from November 5.

Once an email notification is sent to the person who signs up, the successful applicant can go card-free through the gantries.

ERP charges which will then appear in the monthly credit card bills can also be paid the usual way via stored-value CashCards if the driver chooses to.

LTA Chief Executive, Mr Yam Ah Mee, said the scheme will benefit fleet owners such as delivery companies and other registered motorists as they will no longer have to search for top-up machines, saving valuable time for their operations.

“LTA will continue to develop innovative means for e-payment channels for the convenience of motorists,” he added.