Heads Up: Skyway Stage 3 to Start Charging Fees Next Week
Motorists using the Skyway Stage 3 will soon have to shell out money to use the 18-kilometer highway extension starting next week. San Miguel Corp. Chairman Ramon Ang said the company charge “lower than the original proposed toll fees, particularly for motorists traveling shorter distances.”
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has issued the toll operating permit and the notice to start collecting toll, which will pave the way for the company to charge expressway fees to motorists starting July 12.
“We thank the TRB for helping us determine the most equitable toll rates for our motorists,” Ang said. “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.”
Motorists have enjoyed the use of the Skyway extension free of charge since it opened late last year.
The final toll rates will be posted on the social media pages of SMC once they are finalized.
“(The) collection of toll will 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,” Ang said.
SMC spent over P80 billion to complete the project.
“We aggressively pursued the completion of Skyway 3 despite all of the obstacles, including right-of-way issues, because our people need a long-term solution to traffic,” Ang said. “We believe it can also help boost our economy over the long term as it provides, finally, a seamless connection between North and South Luzon. With the same dedication, we will pursue other major road and mass transport projects to benefit our countrymen.”
Skyway 3 has a design capacity of 200,000 vehicles per day and is used by at least 75,000 vehicles per day that would have otherwise passed through EDSA or C5.