The New Skyway Toll Plaza Is Taking Its Toll on Motorists
Blood pressures are going sky-high.
Skyway northbound on January 29, 2:30 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) The Skyway, an elevated highway stretching from Gil Puyat Avenue in the north to the Alabang-Zapote Road in the south, has been relieving traffic congestion on the South Luzon Expressway since it opened in the late '90s. The toll fee is a bit more expensive, but motorists have been choosing it over getting stuck on the road. That was until a major traffic jam—caused by the new toll plaza on the northbound section near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on-ramp—angered motorists on January 29, Monday.
"This new toll plaza is an enhancement to the Skyway that we initiated in order to facilitate more efficient toll collection. With dedicated ETC lanes and Cash lanes that can accommodate more tellers per lane, we’re hoping to improve traffic throughout at the toll plazas," San Miguel Corporation President Ramon S. Ang said about the new toll plaza that opened on January 26.
The Skyway admin this morning, after putting a tollgate in the middle of the Skyway pic.twitter.com/ClTAHzyrBH— Carlos Rivera (@CALSmemaybe) January 29, 2018
It consists of three lanes dedicated to the Electronic Toll Collection system and four other lanes for cash payments. With the new system, Skyway users must stop at two toll booths, instead of one. The first one is where they pay the toll, the second one is where they must surrender the thermal receipt. This system sparked rants all over social media, especially since it tripled the usual travel time to the airport. Imagine the stress it has caused for those trying to catch their flights.
Did anyone from the @SkywaySOMCO management go to school? It doesn’t take an engineering degree to figure out that making tens of thousands of cars pass through one tollgate is a bad idea.— Carlos Rivera (@CALSmemaybe) January 30, 2018
Skyway management, listen up!
Salamat sa paglagay ng toll sa gitna ng Elevated EDSA este Skyway pala! pic.twitter.com/bdvSkbz95i— Miguel de Guzman (@amigueldeguzman) January 29, 2018
Move over, EDSA. Skyway's the new you!
This morning, my devotion revolved around Psalm 46: “I shall not be moved.” God can be funny. In SLEX and Skyway, it “hardly moved!” Missing my flight & buying a new ticket could’ve completely messed me up. Thank God for His Word and His Spirit, we are more than conquerors!— Anthony Pangilinan (@apangilinan) January 29, 2018
You know it's bad when the only thing left to do is turn to the bible.
if you ever feel stupid just remember no one is dumber than the one who thought this new skyway toll fee system was a smart idea ffs— maegan ???? (@maegango12) January 29, 2018
Bouts of insecurity solved!
To the idiot who oversees and executes the plans for Skyway, I thought your single lane Alabang exit was pure myopic jackassery, but clearly you've outdone yourself with that toll gate in the middle of Skyway. Bravo, you cretin.— Coños of Manila (@ManilaConyos) January 29, 2018
Couldn't have expressed it better.
HEADS UP GUYS! There is a new toll system in skyway by NAIA 3 that adds almost 2 hours to your trip! Prepare for heavy traffic!— Elma Patrisha (@duchannesgirl) January 29, 2018
Left at 7:30 in from lipa and currently still here at skyway!!!
This isn't even EDSA...yet!
May pagbabago sa #skyway ... mas worse na sia!— Tin Rubillar (@tinaqsR) January 30, 2018
Change is coming indeed.
Expressway isn't so express.
WANNA HEAR SOME AD?— x (@xtiantuzon) January 30, 2018
Skyway now offers an intense traffic jam ever than before. EDSA is quacking.
EDSA must be feeling jealous right now.
Rip skyway— Tim (@tleachon) January 30, 2018
When there's nothing left to say...
In their defense, Skyway management did say that traffic would be bad. "We apologize in advance for any delay this adjustment to a new system might cause—particularly in the first few days of implementation," said the flyers handed out by toll booth clerks before opening day.