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Friday, August 05, 2005

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes

Example from Caltrans - the California State equivalent of the LTA.

I recall in the 1970s, our Singapore roads used to have queues of people at the fringes of the CBD. These people were waiting to get into the Restricted Zone by carpooling into the CBD area. Back in those days, only cars with 4 people in it could get into the city. If you didn't have 4 people, then the eagle-eyed policeman/policewoman in that little cramped-up booth will summon you.

That carpooling scheme is long gone. Extinct. Hey! In fact that contra-flow idea along Nicoll Highway is also gone!

These days, it's very common to see big cars on our roads. It's a fact that most cars only have the driver inside.

Now wouldn't it be more effective to have the HOV lanes for cars with 2 or more people in it? Of course a study has to be done. Maybe a pilot test.

I just don't understand why our world-class authority is not seriously looking into this.

I remember actually mentioning about this before while I was 'there'. Then again, I was told to shut up as a junior officer and 'poof' - the idea was zapped into oblivion.

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