• Solon pushes need for single ticketing system in expressways

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    Rep. Aleta Suarez of Quezon City’s third district said that different toll operators hamper smooth transportation in the country’s expressways, which is why it should be replaced with a single ticketing system.

    The lawmaker pushed for the idea by filing House Resolution 884 yesterday.

    “The government should require the different toll operators to put in place a single-ticketing system which eliminates both the need to procure different devices for every operator and the need for several toll booths, making our road network a bonafide superhighway,” she said.

    Suarez asserted that the presence of different toll operators “intermittently cut off” what supposedly should be a smooth and continuous ride for the public, despite improvements in the North and South Luzon Expressways and construction of new superhighways like those connecting Subic-Clark-Tarlac and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union.

    “The tollbooth stops are where traffic bottlenecks occur, hence negating whatever advantages are offered by these new superhighways,” she said.

    So far, the single ticketing system for Light Rail and Metro Rail Transits (LRT/MRT) is expected this year with full implementation by 2015.

    It is reported that the new system might be patterned after Singapore’s as AF Consortium, with whom the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) signed a concession, contacted the commercial arm of the the said country’s Land Transportation Authority.

    According to an article posted at the government’s Public-Private Partnership website, DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that the single ticketing system would eventually be implemented in toll collection at various expressways.

    REINA TOLENTINO

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