Toll Regulatory Board approves provisional rates for Skyway 3

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2021   •   1304

MANILA, Philippines – The provisional toll rates for the Skyway Stage 3 have been approved, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) on Friday said.

For class 1 vehicles, the provisional toll rates would be:

  • Buendia to Sta. Mesa ₱105.00
  • Sta Mesa to Ramon Magsaysay ₱30.00
  • Ramon Magsaysay to NLEX Balintawak ₱129.00
  • Buendia to NLEX Balintawak ₱264.00

Class 1 vehicles include cars, jeepneys, vans, and pick-ups.

For Class 2 vehicles or buses, trucks, and cars with trailers, toll rates are doubled.

While vehicles under Class 3 or large trucks will have to pay rates thrice the price of Class 1.

The TRB said the provisional toll fee matrix will be published once a week for three consecutive weeks and a bond will be required to be posted by the Petitioner.

“Please note, however, that the approval of provisional toll rates does not automatically mean that the proponent may immediately be given the authority to start collecting toll fees,” the board said.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is the private proponent of the Skyway project and is the parent company of CITRA Central Expressway Corporation.

The TRB said that before SMC could collect toll charges, the Skyway Stage 3 has to be at least 95% complete, the project should be able to operate safely and commercially, and that the expressway must be equipped with a toll collection system.

“Upon compliance with the above-stated requirements, the publication of the toll fee matrix, and posting of the required bond, a TOP (Toll Operating Permit) may be issued together with the Notice to Start Collection,” the board said.

Skyway 3 will be no-truck zone starting July 12 — SMC

Robie de Guzman   •   July 7, 2021

The 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 will be a no-truck zone and will be dedicated to Class 1 vehicles with Autosweep RFID stickers starting July 12, the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said Wednesday.

In a statement, SMC President Ramon Ang said the policy seeks to address safety concerns on the elevated expressway.

“We continue to look for ways to improve safety and user experience on our expressways, especially the new Skyway 3. We have implemented a number of measures to ensure safety, prevent over-speeding, and facilitate the more efficient flow of vehicles while still providing motorists significantly reduced travel times,” Ang said.

“Limiting Skyway 3 to regular or Class 1 vehicles will also further ensure safety for all users. With more private vehicles diverted to Skyway 3, our public roads will be freed up and decongested. This will benefit, number one, our public transportation and commuters. It will also be beneficial to transporters of goods, who can opt to use the at-grade sections of the Skyway system where tolls are lower, as well as public roads which are free, as they are subsidized by the government,” Ang added.

The announcement on Skyway Stage 3 being a no-truck zone came after the SMC said it would begin collecting toll next week after deferring it for almost seven months.

The SMC earlier said the toll collection is in compliance with the issuance of a Toll Operating Permit and a Notice to Start Collecting Toll by the TRB on Skyway Stage 3.

Collected fees will enable the company to ensure continued efficient operations, maintenance, and safe driving conditions on the elevated expressway–particularly as daily traffic puts a heavy strain on the road infrastructure, necessitating significant maintenance costs, it said.

The Skyway Stage 3 project was constructed with no cost to the government. The SMC said it had spent over P80 billion or more than double its original cost to complete the project over a period that spans two administrations.

The elevated expressway connects the South Luzon Expressway and North Luzon Expressway, reducing the travel time from Alabang to Balintawak and vice versa, to only 30 minutes from the previous three hours, and from Buendia to Balintawak, to only 20 minutes.

SMC to start collecting toll for Skyway 3 on July 12

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) on Tuesday announced that it will start collecting toll for the Skyway Stage 3 on July 12, nearly seven months after it allowed the public free use of the 18-kilometer elevated expressway.

In an advisory, SMC said it will use a revised toll matrix that is “lower than the original proposed toll fees, particularly for motorists traveling shorter distances.”

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said the revised toll matrix, as approved by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), takes into consideration the pandemic, its impact on the economy, and on Filipinos.

The final toll rates will be announced prior to the start of toll collection.

SMC said the toll collection is in compliance with the issuance of a Toll Operating Permit and a Notice to Start Collecting Toll by the TRB on Skyway Stage 3.

“We thank the TRB for helping us determine the most equitable toll rates for our motorists. We know from experience that times are hard for many, and even a little relief for motorists can go a long way,” Ang said in a statement.

“These toll rates reflect our deferral of the collection of a substantial amount of the cost to build Skyway 3. We also further lowered the rates for those traveling shorter distances,” he added.

Ang said collected fees will enable the company to ensure continued efficient operations, maintenance, and safe driving conditions on the elevated expressway–particularly as daily traffic puts a heavy strain on the road infrastructure, necessitating significant maintenance costs.

Prior to the soft-opening of Skyway 3 at the end of December last year, SMC had opened to the public the Buendia to Plaza Dilao section of the elevated expressway in July 2019.

Since its opening, the Skyway Stage 3 has allowed motorists to experience seamless connection from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and vice versa.

It has reduced travel time from Alabang to Balintawak and vice versa, to only 30 minutes from the previous three hours, and from Buendia to Balintawak, to only 20 minutes.

The Skyway Stage 3 project was constructed with no cost to the government. SMC said it had spent over P80 billion or more than double its original cost to complete the project over a period that spans two administrations.

With the start of toll collection, SMC said the government can now also generate “significant income” from the expressway, as it imposes a 12 percent VAT on all toll fees.

Skyway 3 Nagtahan exit ramps now open

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Nagtahan northbound and southbound exit ramps of the Skyway Stage 3 have been formally opened to the public on Thursday.

In a statement, SMC President Ramong Ang said that with the opening of the Nagtahan exit ramps, motorists can expect to further cut their travel time to Manila. Even traffic congestion at major thoroughfares commonly used to access Sta. Mesa and other nearby areas, is seen to further ease.

SMC, which fully-funded 100% of the Skyway Stage 3 project, including the acquisition of right-of-way properties and reconstruction of public bridges, to ensure that no government funds or taxpayer money is spent on the project, officially opened the main alignment of the elevated expressway last January.

However, due to right-of-way issues, delivery of some access ramps had to come a little later.

“The concessionaire is taking advantage of the dry season to fast-track the completion of ramps as we want more motorists to reap the benefits of additional interchanges in between Buendia and NLEX,” DPWH Sec. Mark Villar said.

“The timely opening of all interchanges will also further reduce traffic along major NCR roads, most specifically Edsa, Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue. Nagtahan, and Quirino Avenue,” he added.

Ang said the northbound ramps that are next to be opened include the Quirino exit (heading to Roxas Blvd.), Quirino entry, Nagtahan entry, E. Rodriguez Entry, and Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit. Meanwhile, southbound access points to be opened soon are the A. Bonifacio entry, Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit, Sgt. Rivera (C3) entry, and Quirino exit.

With the opening of the Nagtahan exits, operational access ramps of Skyway 3 now include: Northbound — Buendia (Zobel) entry, Quirino Avenue exit, Nagtahan exit, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Avenue entry, A. Bonifacio exit, and Balintawak exit; Southbound — Balintawak entry, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Avenue entry, E. Rodriguez exit, Nagtahan exit, Plaza Dilao entry, and Buendia (Zobel) exit.

Recently, SMC also opened the four-kilometer northbound section of the Skyway Extension project from Susana Heights to Sucat, allowing motorists from provinces south of Metro Manila to directly access the Skyway System without having to go through the Alabang viaduct.

“With the recent opening of Skyway Extension project, motorists from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite now enjoy the convenience of seamless travel to many points in Metro Manila, all the way to NLEX. With work on the southbound section now at an accelerated pace, we are closer to fully realizing seamless connection between southern and northern Luzon,” Ang said.

The opening of the 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 reduces travel time from Buendia to Balintawak in just 20 minutes, and Alabang to Balintawak in only about 30 minutes.

The Skyway Stage 3 and the Skyway Extension project are part of SMC’s 38-kilometer elevated Skyway System, which aims to reduce traffic congestion along major thoroughfares including EDSA, and provide a seamless link from the South Luzon Expressway to the North Luzon Expressway.

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