WELL-RECEIVED:EDL has eased the notorious jam along Jalan Tebrau
THE 8.1km Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), which opened two months ago, has won the hearts of many motorists plying the stretch.
The number in April, which averaged 126,117 vehicles daily, has increased to 132,933 by the end of last month.
Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB), which manages the expressway, also said about 7.6 million vehicles have used the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), which is currently toll-free, since its launch in April.
Fauziah Mohd Tabi, 37, who sells nasi lemak at the newly-opened Stulang Walk here said that driving does not stress her out anymore after the opening of the EDL.
"Previously, when I was selling my nasi lemak at another stall nearby, I needed half an hour to drive to the Pandan wholesale market.
"Whenever my ingredients ran out, I would be so stressed out. Now the drive from my stall to the market will take me only 10 minutes when I use the EDL," Fauziah said.
Taxi driver Yasri Mohd Ajib, 45, also said the EDL has made his customers happy as they no longer have to pay a higher fare caused by the jam in Jalan Tebrau.
Yasri, of Pasir Gudang, said that at one time, he dreaded to head to the city whenever his customers wanted to go to the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex, for instance, during peak hours.
"Now I don't mind going anywhere near the city. I just hope that no toll charges will be imposed on motorists who ply the expressway within Johor in the future," said Yasri, who was enjoying his meal at Stulang Walk during the interview.
Car salesman Vince Tan, 31, of Taman Bukit Indah here, said he also enjoyed the scenic view whenever he used the EDL.
"In the past, I found it a hassle to brave the horrible jam at Jalan Tebrau. Now with the EDL, it is time-saving and the beautiful view makes driving a pleasurable experience," Tan said.
Johor Baru MCA Public Complaints Bureau chairman John Cheah, 71, said the bureau used to be flooded with complaints from motorists concerning the massive congestion at Jalan Tebrau.
But after the EDL started operations in April, the number of complaints have dropped.
"After the EDL opened, I no longer fear missing my flights at the Senai International Airport," Cheah said.
"Johor Baru has one of the best road systems in the country," he added.
Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) president On Jabbar, 46, said the opening of the EDL has eased the notorious jam along Jalan Tebrau, which is a major thoroughfare for the state capital.
He said driving to work everyday from his house in Skudai is now a breeze.