With the completion of the Skyway Stage 3 last month, motorists are joyous over the convenience the elevated tollway offers. However, many motorists are divided after seeing the proposed Skyway Stage 3 toll fees released this week.
Skyway Stage 3 Quick Look: 22-minute drive from NAIAX to Balintawak
Some say that the proposed fees are too expensive, while some say that the prices are just right. It is after February 1, 2021 when motorists should have to prepare for toll fees in the new Skyway Stage 3 as San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will no longer offer the tollway for free except for medical frontliners.
SMC has been providing aid for medical frontliners since the start of the pandemic
As a review, SMC has already been providing medical frontliners free access to its toll roads since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. SMC shared that it has already waived a total of P156 million in toll fees for medical frontliners since offering it to them for free.
The extended free toll fee for medical frontliners is a way for SMC to honor their continuous efforts in battling the COVID-19 in the country. SMC said that medical frontliners can use the Skyway Stage 3 for free until further notice.
More toll roads are expected to be constructed by 2023
The Skyway Stage 3 is a key road in keeping mobility moving especially in Metro Manila. The estimated amount of vehicles it can accommodate per day is 200,000 and can potentially reduce the traffic in EDSA by half.
This time of pandemic, we need to help our country, our fellow Filipinos, and each other, as much as we can. We have been providing this courtesy to our medical practitioners non-stop, because it’s our way of honoring them and thanking them for their selfless efforts to save lives and to help us survive this crisis, said SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang.
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