‘RFID-only’ pro­posal in Sky­way still un­der re­view

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! - (PR)

The Sky­way Op­er­a­tions and Main­te­nance Cor­po­ra­tion (SOMCO), op­er­a­tor of the Sky­way sys­tem, clar­i­fied that the plan to des­ig­nate as “RFID-only” the El­e­vated Sec­tion of the Sky­way — Dona Soledad and Dr A. San­tos Ex­its — is still be­ing re­viewed and will only be im­ple­mented upon ap­proval by the Toll Reg­u­la­tory Board (TRB).

The plan is ex­pected to re­sult in faster and more ef­fi­cient through­put at el­e­vated toll plazas, which in turn will mean less con­ges­tion at on-ramps and roads lead­ing to the el­e­vated Sky­way.

SOMCO ap­pealed to the motoring pub­lic to em­brace change for the bet­ter.

“It only takes six sec­onds for ve­hi­cles with RFID to cross the toll bar­rier while cash trans­ac­tions take about 21 sec­onds. This means that three ve­hi­cles could pass in the RFID lane be­fore one could fin­ish pay­ing at the cash lane. The ob­jec­tive is to have the Sky­way El­e­vated ex­clu­sive to RFID users to pro­vide mo­torists the con­ve­nience they are pay­ing a pre­mium for,” said Manuel M. Bonoan, pres­i­dent of SOMCO.

RFID lanes will also be main­tained at the at-grade sec­tion. The num­ber of RFID lanes will in­crease as more mo­torists switch to the faster and more con­ve­nient elec­tronic toll col­lec­tion sys­tem.

“We all lose so much just sit­ting in traf­fic: time with our fam­i­lies; op­por­tu­ni­ties in busi­ness and at work. In ad­di­tion, we also waste fuel and im­pact the en­vi­ron­ment neg­a­tively. As such, Sky­way Man­age­ment con­tin­ues to look for ways to help ease traf­fic con­ges­tion and make daily drives faster, safer and con­ve­nient for mo­torists,” Bonoan added.

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