Posts Tagged ‘lta’

Minister admits error in Parliament, 2nd minister denies it outside

Admittedly, that’s not the way these two stories were spun by the mainscream media. But that’s how it went down.

Recap: The car floodgates were thrown open in 2004 when the “forecast” deregistrations were kicked into, um, overdrive and the COE presses went pedal to the metal. Upton Sinclair strikes again (see top right of this here blog): all that yummy excise tax and licences and permits from the extra cars would have been so hard to pass up, don’t you think.


Another lovely day on the roads
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As you all know, the LTA’s vision is “a people-centred land transport system”. Oh you didn’t? How ignorant of you: it says so right there on their website.

Now, that is indeed a noble objective and one that will never be fully achieved, since people’s needs, and even the number of people, keep changing. Therefore, lifetime employment. Genius! Cyril N. Parkinson would have approved.

And sometimes this vision is manifested in the way things are done. Such as publicity for improvement works. Take the signboard for the Woodsville interchange. (Well don’t actually take it – that would be stealing). Rows of them are nailed up at the junction where the PIE meets Serangoon, Upper Serangoon, Bendemeer and Macpherson roads:

See, a good example is being set with the spiffy hybrid car and a multi-seater coach. Efficient, green, shiny, happy, etc. Fully on board with the people-centricity requirement.

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Driving the wrong behaviours throughout the transport system

Will the real traffic planners please stand up?

LTA statistics say that from 2003 to 2008, the number of buses and road length in lane-kilometres both grew by 5% but the car population jumped 36%.

not the final solution (props:

not the final solution (props:

So… despite mushrooming ERP gantries, motorists face obscene jams plus chronic parking shortages. A bachelor of rocket science isn’t needed to see that 36 into 5 doesn’t go.

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Things that go bump in the night (and day)

Ever driven over a manhole cover and regretted it, when your car feels like it might do a Raikkonen impression (see 1:00 into the video)? Why is it that the road contractors can’t align the road surface to the level of the cover… it can’t be rocket science, can it?

Then there’s the patchwork quilt left behind by roadworks. I’m sure you can give your favourite examples of these.

And you’d be in good company. The boys of F1 say that the Singapore circuit is the bumpiest in the whole season. After strenuous efforts have been made to get the track surface compliant with international standards, our mighty road builders have brought us yet another Number One… that is, #1 roughest circuit in the world. A race watcher might be excused for thinking that there was a mobile sparkler show on. Let’s see if we can have fewer carbonfibre accretions to the road surface this year.

You don't want to hit any of these

You don't want to hit any of these (

Meanwhile you, the mere taxpaying motorist, get a heapin’ helpin’ o’hurt every time you drive. Particularly on those low profile tyres so beloved of the people who don’t know how to go round corners properly.

This is a classic agency problem. Those who dole out the money, aka the agents, ain’t checking to see if it has been spent according to the wishes of the financiers (you, me and the millions of other road users). The financiers (you, me etc) don’t get to choose the agents nor set the conditions by which the performance of the contractors should be assessed.

You should be getting better value after paying among the highest road tax rates in the world. I mean, if you got a contractor in to do the floor of your house and he left it as unsmooth as the typical stretch of road, you wouldn’t pay him for such subprime work, would you?

Maths 101

So the LTA says that traffic has been kept smooth-flowing despite more vehicles being allowed on the roads. Here’s some ratio analysis to test this claim:

Extra lane-kilometres of road from 2003 to 2008: 471 (5.7 percent) [Link]

Extra cars from 2003 to 2008: 145,127 (35.8 percent) [Link]

Number of extra cars on each extra lane-kilometre: 308 (one every 3.25 metres)

Average length of new car: About 4.3 metres.


Not enough road space, so... (Photo credit:Dave_7 (

Not enough road space, so... (Photo credit:Dave_7 (

I know, I know, new cars were not all confined to new lane kilometres. Well then, Let’s Try Another subject then, oh I don’t know, how about English:

Adjective to describe average traffic conditions: OBSCENE

What say you?

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