The SMART Tunnel has been open now for the past 3 days, and the 3km tunnel is still free of toll for a month so that motorists can try it out. No indication of toll rates so far, but Works Minister Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu has indicated that the toll for the tunnel would definitely be high – some rumours around the grassroots have indicated a price of perhaps RM3 to RM4!
Only cars, MPVs and SUVs are allowed in the tunnel – no bikes, buses or lorries are allowed. As most of you know, the SMART Tunnel is a dual purpose tunnel for both road and floodwater diversion, however the floodwater function will only be operational in August this year. The road function offers an alternative route to the Golden Triangle area – a car entering the tunnel via the entrance at Jalan Sungai Besi wil end up at either Jalan Davis or Jalan Tun Razak near the Kampung Pandan roundabout.
With the heavy traffic on the route to that area, it is estimated that motorists using the SMART tunnel will be able to cut down travelling time from half an hour to about 5 to 10 minutes. Considering the amount of fuel my car consumes during heavy traffic jams, as long as the frustration that comes with it – honestly that RM4 might just be worth it for me! We’ll have to start paying toll for the tunnel come 15th June 2007.
Local blogger Melvin has driven through the tunnel and produced a set of 4 videos. He has recorded the whole journey through the tunnel, as well as made some remarks on what he observed in the video, some interesting stuff like whether there is Amateur Radio reception in the tunnel or not. Please also head on to his set of 4 blog posts linked after the jump if you want to read further observations he made.
Check the videos out after the jump.
Video: SMART Visited Part 1 – Source
Video: SMART Visited Part 2 – Source
Video: SMART Re-Visited Part 1 – Source
Video: SMART Re-Visited Part 2 – Source