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October 27, 2008
Singapore curbs traffic with automatic tolls

As the only country in the world without slums, Singapore was praised by a United Nations report for its green policies.

Singapore was the first country in the world to implement Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), an electronic toll collection system which aims to reduce traffic — and indeed, less than 30 percent of Singaporeans now own cars.

Other cities have attempted similar measures to reduce congestion. This year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to charge traffic fees in peak hours was struck down.

Despite Singapore’s successes, as producers Mary Lockhart and Ara Ayer and correspondent Daljit Dhaliwal report, the automatic fees take a toll on Singapore’s commuters. Below, read blogger perceptions of ERP and Singapore’s infrastructure.

This piece was part of the Blueprint America project on infrastructure.

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Despite the costs, “Thë bLög accördïиg to jëиz” praises the speed of ERP compared to stopping at tollbooths in other countries.

Singaporean blogger “Glynsen Wong” refutes government justifications of the ERP, describing his frustrating commute.

The “Cruising to Cambodia” blog visits Singapore and praises its subway system as well as its roads and buildings.

Another visitor, blogger “Valliappa Lakshmanan,” claims that beneath the exterior beauty of Singapore’s buildings, lackluster building codes prove that it is still a third-world country.

Finally, the “Life in Dubai” blog compares the infrastructure of Dubai and Singapore, praising and posting images of Singapore’s restored buildings.

Though Singapore tore down many buildings in a rush to modernize, it embarked on a five-year restoration program in the 1990s.

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#4

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#3

I WATCH EVERYDAY WORLD FOCUS ON WQED PIUTTSBURG .JULITA C. GOMEZ A PHILIPPINE GIRL WAS MADE TO DO PROSTITUTION IN SINGAPORE . TO PAY THIS AGENCY BACK FOR PAYING FOR HER FLIGHT TO SINGAPORE . I DON,T KNOW THE NAME OF THIS AGENCY . I WAS READING ABOUT INDIA . SAME AGENCY DOES THE SAME THERE . THIS IS ABUSE OF FEMALES AND I THINK YOU NEED TO REPORT ABOUT THIS .INSTEAD OF ABOUT THEIR BUILDING ETC .
THANK YOU ,
KEVIN R . MC INTYRE

#2

When asked how the minister commutes to work (he drives), the minister added “Because my time is precious, and because I can afford it.” What arrogance!

#1

This segment on tonight show is lame. Dig for the real stories just don’t do personal attack on the mm and pm or you will be like DJasia or Political opponents. Thanks for the links

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