The Southern Tollways group, composed of Skyway O&M Corp. (SOMCO), Manila Toll Expressways Systems, Inc. (MATES) and Star Tollway Corp. (STC), operators of the Skyway System, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Star Tollway, respectively, will implement Oplan Ligtas Biyahe, Balik Eskwela 2016, a pro-active and coordinated operational plan that will ensure a safer and more convenient travel on the south toll roads for the resumption of classes.
SOMCO, MATES and STC are ready for the expected increase in number of vehicles to traverse the 108-kilometer South toll roads in time for school opening when students and summer vacationers return to Metro Manila and vice-versa. School opening traffic is normally heavy during the first week necessitating the operators’ various departments to be in full operation during said this period. Traffic control personnel and ambulant tellers will be deployed in toll plazas identified as traffic-dense plazas to speed up entry/exit transactions and minimize vehicle queueing. Highly-visible traffic and security patrols and road maintenance personnel will be on hand to promptly assist distressed motorists or clear road incident sites.
Operatives of the NCR and local PNP highway patrol groups, the Toll Regulatory Board and the Land Transportation Office will assist the toll road operators monitor the situation on 3 toll road facilities.
Other support groups include the concerned local government units and their emergency medical service teams, the AAP towing service, Lifeline ambulance rescue teams, and the Metro Manila Development Authority. The Skyway and SLEX Command Centers will intensify their round-the-clock operations in monitoring traffic situation and reporting unusual incidents or emergencies.