For this Holy Week, the South Tollway operators will implement Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Semana Santa 2017, in coordination with the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group, the Toll Regulatory Board, other concerned government agencies and local government units.
At the Skyway System, SB motorists are advised to use the elevated toll road instead of the at-grade Nichols and C5 entry plazas where traffic volume is high. On the NB direction, the Skyway Main, the old NAIAx, C5 Exit, Nichols and Sucat are likewise traffic-heavy. At SLEX, the SB toll plazas with high traffic volume are Calamba Main, Greenfield/TR3, Sta. Rosa, Eton and Carmona; while the NB toll plazas are Calamba Main, Greenfield/TR3 and Filinvest.
Meanwhile, at Star Tollway, manageable traffic build-up is expected at some toll plazas, like the SB Ibaan-San Jose toll exit due to increased traffic demand and the temporary closure of Sabang Bridge. To address this traffic congestion, exiting Class 1 vehicles will use the 2-lane Ibaan-San Jose NB exit and 2-lane SB entry while Class 2 and Class 3 will use the regular SB toll exit. Motorists returning to Manila on April 16 and 17 are forewarned of heavy traffic situation at major toll plazas like Sto. Tomas exit, Lipa-Tambo entry and the Ibaan-San Jose interchange.
Additional ambulant tellers will be posted round-the-clock on busy toll plazas to speed up toll payment transactions and help ease the flow of traffic. For faster tollway entry/exit, motorists are encouraged to prepare exact toll or have RFID stickers installed on their vehicles. For motorists’ safety and security, SOMCO, MATES and STC, together with the local police and PNP-HPG, will increase their security and patrol operations. Medical emergency and service facilities like Lifeline ambulances, AAP tow trucks, quick response units and motorist assistance centers will be posted on strategic locations on the South Tollways from Makati to Batangas to help motorists in distress. Motorists are again reminded to make sure that their vehicles are in tip-top condition and to observe tollway traffic rules and regulations.
To request assistance, traffic update and related information and report road incidents, motorists may call the South Tollways network at 316-8655 (TOLL); or the Skyway at (02) 776-7777 and 0917-5398762; MaTES at 0917 687-7539; and STC 043-7567870 and 0917-5117827.