After providing the public free use of its 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 project for nearly seven months, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced that it will start collecting toll on the new elevated expressway on July 12.
However, SMC assured that it has revised the toll fee matrix so it is comparatively lower than the original proposed toll, particularly for motorists traveling shorter distances.
SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said that 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. (Read: Skyway 3 Opens in December With No Toll Fee for 1 Month)
‘Equitable toll rates’
“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. 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,” Ang said.
Ang said the tolls it will collect will provide the company revenues 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. (Read: SLEX, Skyway, Other Expressways to Go Cashless Starting November)
As of July 2, Skyway on-and off-ramps that have been opened to the public are:
- Buendia SB Exit and NB Entry
- Quirino NB and SB Exit
- Plaza Dilao SB Entry
- Nagtahan SB and NB Exit
- E. Rodriguez SB Exit
- Quezon Ave SB Exit and Entry
- Quezon Ave NB Exit and Entry
- A. Bonifacio NB Exit
- NLEX NB Exit and NLEX SB Entry.
The final approved toll rates will be posted at the toll plazas prior to the start of toll collection. (Read: LOOK: MRT-7 Halfway Done, Set to Open in 2022)