THE Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO), Manila Toll Expressway Systems, Inc. (MaTES) and Star Tollway Corporation (STC) reported zero fatality and minor injuries during the eight-day Holy Week period along the southern Manila tollway system.
Except for a traffic build-up at the TR3 toll plaza along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) on Maundy Thursday, April 3, when traffic was at its peak, only minor incidents along the 30-kilometer Skyway System, 36-km SLEX and 42-km Star Tollway were recorded during the period.
The minor incidents included tire or brake failure, overheating, running out of gas, driver error and other mechanical troubles. Records showed that a total of 1,262 distressed motorists received assistance from the operators of the three toll-ways, including their partners from different government units, service partners and medical and emergency teams that manned the off-site pit stops along the tollways.
The three tollway companies reported that there was a relatively light-to-moderate traffic flow in their respective zones except for the peak Holy Week traffic days, April 1 and April 2. The operators attributed the traffic flow to the extensive traffic advisories sent out by the operators, prompting travelers to plan their trips and keep their vehicles in excellent operating conditions. As expected, the unified traffic management program for the three tollways has helped in the efficient distribution of traffic throughput on toll plazas.
The program provided for a lane management system that allowed counter-flow and lane conversions, operation of kiosks at service stations along SLEX where toll coupon payments were made. The reported super typhoon that was to hit most parts of Northen Luzon also raised the traffic volume only by 7.0 percent, vis-a-vis last last year’s count, making traffic and security operations more efficient.