Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How to avoid the Unavoidable: The Story of the 400Million gone down the drain

DPM: No toll hikes this year, Govt to pay out RM400mil in compensation
PUTRAJAYA: Motorists nationwide can breath a sigh of relief as the Government has decided not to raise toll rates this year. However, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this move will cost the Government RM400mil, as compensation to the various toll concessionaires. The Deputy Prime Minister made the announcement Wednesday, after chairing a special committee to tackle the rising in the cost of living here, adding that the decision was made during a Cabinet meeting. (here) predictable

So whatever happened to the Unavoidable part?

Toll rate hike next year unavoidable, says Minister
The toll rate hike next year is unavoidable as it is an express condition in the concession agreement between the government and highway concession companies, according to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar (pic). He said the toll rate should have been revised in 2011, as stated in the concession agreement. "However, the rate was maintained, but the government had to fork out RM400 million in compensation from taxpayers' money, which could have been used for other purposes. "And now it's time to fulfill the condition," he told reporters after presenting prizes to winners of a colouring and drawing competition held in conjunction with the Parliament Building's 50th anniversary celebration in Kuala Lumpur today. He said the hike was therefore a fair measure for taxpayers, coupled with the fact that highways were alternative routes which they don't use everyday. Word of the proposed toll rate increase followed Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof's statement that it would be revised next year to comply with the agreement between the government and the highway concessionaires. (here)

The 400 Million we already know.....

The other purposes we don't know...

Wallahwualam la kut....

Malaysian are a manja lot...naik sikit dah nak kecoh kampung la u people..

Government on the other hand pulak macam ada intellectual bankruptcy big time..what changed from the December fiasco up till special committee to tackle cost of living??

Is that it?

Useless bunch of people....apa takut kasi up saja lah as if people won't pay up.

Tapi bagi lah incentive yang masuk akal


If you drive alone you pay FULL price but if you car is considered a HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE then you can get a rebate similar to a Taxi....

Why not LOWERS the Federal Government Long Term Fossil Fuel Subsidy when people alter their behaviour via Car Pooling.....kalau nak best lagi kasi taruk HIGH OCCUPANCY LANE in our Highways.....

You think this is something new...think again


The primary purpose of an HOV lane is to increase the total number of people moved through a congested corridor by offering two kinds of incentives: a savings in travel time and a reliable and predictable travel time. (Note: hereafter, the term "HOV lane" is intended to cover both HOV and HOT situations, primarily due to the fact that HOT lanes inherently include an element of HOV use for qualifying vehicles. The term "HOT lane" may be called out for particular emphasis when the specific description of that facility is necessary.) Because HOV lanes carry vehicles with a higher number of occupants, they may move significantly more people during congested periods, even when the number of vehicles that use the HOV lane is lower than on the adjoining general-purpose lanes. In general, carpoolers, vanpoolers, transit users, and single-occupant users paying to use HOT lanes, are the direct beneficiaries of HOV and HOT lanes, whereas, motorists and passengers in the adjacent general purpose lanes are indirect beneficiaries, due to the reduction of vehicles in those lanes necessary to move said motorists and passengers in the HOV lanes.
HOV facilities have proven to be effective enhancements to the transportation system in many metropolitan areas. These facilities are most appropriate and are most needed in corridors with high levels of travel demand and traffic congestion. In these situations, HOV facilities can provide the travel times saving and improved travel time reliability necessary to encourage commuters to change from driving alone to using transit services, vanpools, and carpools. HOV lanes work best where significant roadway congestion during the peak periods occurs and HOV support facilities such as park and ride lots are provided. Experience with HOV lanes from around the country has shown a positive relationship between ridership and travel time savings, suggesting that, as congestion grows, the travelers' willingness to carpool or ride on a bus that uses an HOV lane also grows.

HOT Facilities in the U.S.

In locations where HOV lanes are underutilized or where excess capacity on the HOV facility exists, conversion to HOT lanes is suggested as a way to increase use and to provide more choice to drivers. HOT lanes allow single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs) or lower-occupancy vehicles (LOVs), that is, vehicles with a number of occupants lower than the posted vehicle occupancy restrictions, to use an HOV lane for a fee, while maintaining free travel for qualifying HOVs.
To maximize the congestion-reducing benefits of an HOT lane facility, the toll charged should vary by time of day and/or level of congestion. Tolls can be varied by time of day, monthly, or quarterly based on historical highway use, or can vary dynamically over the course of the day based on real-time traffic conditions. The use of real-time or historically based variable tolling on HOT lanes may have a significant positive effect on traffic flow. For example, the MnPASS HOT lanes in Minneapolis vary the toll rates using real-time pricing, with the rates being updated every three minutes to reflect the amount of traffic on the road.
Picture of MnPass facility in Minnesota stating "Car pools, buses and motorcycles (are) Free" while displaying toll rates for non-exempt vehicles.
Picture of MnPass facility in Minnesota stating "Car pools, buses and motorcycles (are) Free" while displaying toll rates for non-exempt vehicles.
Effective management of an HOV lane involves developing and using an HOV operation and enforcement plan, along with a performance-monitoring program. Accurate and possibly real-time information about the performance of the HOV lanes, the general-purpose freeway lanes, and other supporting services and facilities is particularly useful. The information provided through an HOV monitoring program is also critical for assessing the impact of possible changes in vehicle-eligibility requirements, vehicle-occupancy levels, and operating hours.


The development of HOV facilities has evolved since the early 1970s. The bus-only lane on the Shirley Highway in Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. and the contraflow bus lane on the approach to New York-New Jersey's Lincoln Tunnel pioneered the freeway HOV application in this country. Many of the initial HOV lanes were bus-only applications or allowed buses and vanpools. In an effort to maximize use, carpools became the dominant use group on most projects during the 1970s and 1980s. The vehicle-occupancy requirements for carpools have also evolved over time. A 3+ occupancy level was initially used on many projects, but most current facilities use a two-person per vehicle (2+) carpool designation. Today, there are over 150 freeway HOV facilities and/or HOT facilities that allow HOVs in metropolitan areas in the U.S.
Congestion is recognized to be a growing problem, particularly in American urban areas. The U.S. has close to four million miles of roads, bridges, and highways to support a wide variety of economic and social activity. However, over time the demands on this infrastructure have outstripped its capacity. While the miles of urban roadways built have increased by nearly 60 percent since 1980, vehicle miles traveled on urban roadways increased by about 120 percent. As a result, traffic in most metropolitan areas has become increasingly congested, costing both time and fuel.
Picture showing "FastTrak" toll of $1.50, and indicating a "no cash" (i.e., all electronic) collection method.
Picture showing "FastTrak" toll of $1.50, and indicating a "no cash" (i.e., all electronic) collection method.
To address the continued growth of congestion, cities and States have shown a growing interest in managing travel demand by setting prices for road use during peak periods. Among the various pricing schemes, HOT lanes have proven to be of particular interest because they not only address congestion in the short run, but they also demonstrate the benefits of more aggressive pricing strategies. And, they offer the customer travel time savings and a guaranteed level of service. HOT lanes are part of a broader managed lanes concept that employs market forces to help optimize use of the facilities.
Many of the HOT lanes implemented in the U.S. were piloted under the Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP). Prior to the passage of MAP-21's precursor, SAFETEA-LU, the VPPP was the only program under which HOT lanes could be implemented. In general, the VPPP allows up to fifteen States to evaluate the feasibility and deployment of innovative pricing strategies, including HOT lanes as experimental pilot projects on the Interstate System. However, SAFETEA-LU mainstreamed the authority to create HOT lanes and now all States are allowed to create HOT facilities. This concept continues in MAP-21, wherein, States are now encouraged to implement HOT lanes under 23 U.S.C. 166. However, under certain circumstances, FHWA may grant a State authority to toll HOV lanes under the VPPP. Although this document addresses the conversion of HOV lanes to HOT lanes, States can also create HOT lanes by building new lanes where no conversion would be required (Source Here Federal-Aid Highway Program Guidance on High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes November 2012

Nak jadi negara maju konon perangai mengalahkan orang pakai cawat...

Both sides suffer this Intellectual Bankruptcy...takde side tau nak demo demo demo...without a single solution to the so called problem....yang the other side macam Jonny come lately...orang dah menjerit baru nak buat...lepas tu jual Kerajaan Prihatin....Prihatin my ass cuba Perhati dulu and kalau boleh be FIRM on YOUR POLICY STATEMENT

Tell you what why don't you give me 10% of that 400Million and I will do my best to turn it into BerBillion Billion in Savings and help reduce traffic congestion, reduce fossil fuel subsidy dan lain lain lagi benda yang lebih bermanafaat in a super cool way

Ada brani?

Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open. -Lord Thomas Dewer