• Integration of Southern tollways scheduled


    Senate President Franklin Drilon asked operators of tollways going to Southern Luzon to have common electronic ticketing system.

    The Senate president asked the operators of the SKYWAY, SLEX and Star [Southern Tagalog Arterial Road] expressways adopt a seamless payment system to avoid traffic build up where the expressways are linked.

    Integration was ordered by June for the expressways and before the year end for Star.

    “We should push this forward and implement before the Christmas season again this year, to ease long queues at their toll plazas,” Drilon said.

    The Star is a four-lane 42-km expressway operated by Star Infras-tructure Development Corp. It runs from Santo Tomas to Batangas City. It is an alternative way most Batangueños use coming from and going to Manila. The main stops of Star, also known locally as Calabarzon, are Lipa City and Batangas City.

    On Thursday, the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) signed the North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) for a seamless travel for motorists going to Northern Luzon.

    The integration will be implemented by MNTC at an estimated cost of P650 million.
    MNTC said that two stops instead of five from Balintawak to Subic Tipo and back. Two stops instead of four from Balintawak to Tarlac and back.

    MNTC is the builder and concessionaire of NLEX while BCDA is the current concessionaire of SCTEX. MNTC is expected to take over the SCTEX concession this year as it is set to be awarded the contract for the management, operation and maintenance of SCTEX.

    MNTC President Rodrigo Franco said the integration will provide motorists with more continuous travel experience along the NLEX and the SCTEX.


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