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, weâre 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.
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.
Skyway management, listen up!
Move over, EDSA. Skyway's the new you!
You know it's bad when the only thing left to do is turn to the bible.
Bouts of insecurity solved!
Couldn't have expressed it better.
This isn't even EDSA...yet!
Change is coming indeed.
Expressway isn't so express.
EDSA must be feeling jealous right now.
When there's nothing left to say...
In the Skyway's management defense, they did say that traffic would be bad. "We apologize in advance for any delay this adjustment to a new system might causeâparticularly in the first few days of implementation," said the flyers handed out by toll booth clerks before opening day.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the FHM.com.ph editors.