By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) is still reviewing the plan to designate the Elevated Section of the Skyway- Doña Soledad and Dr A. Santos Exits –as “RFID-only” to decongest traffic at on-ramps and roads leading to it.
The Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation (SOMCO), operator of the Skyway system, made the clarification over this weekend.
The SOMCO also appealed to the motoring public to “embrace change for the better.”
“It only takes 6 seconds for vehicles with RFID to cross the toll barrier while cash transactions take about 21 seconds,” Manuel M. Bonoan, president of SOMCO, explained.
“This means that 3 vehicles could pass in the RFID lane before one could finish paying at the cash lane. The objective is to have the Skyway Elevated exclusive to RFID users to provide motorists the convenience they are paying a premium for.”
RFID lanes will also be maintained at the at-grade section. The number of RFID lanes will increase as more motorists switch to the faster and more convenient electronic toll collection system.
“We all lose so much just sitting in traffic: time with our families; opportunities in business and at work. In addition, we also waste fuel and impact the environment negatively,” he added.
“As such, the Skyway Management continues to look for ways to help ease traffic congestion and make daily drives faster, safer and convenient for motorists.”