Three corporations that operate expressways in Metro Manila and nearby portions of Luzon secured an agreement on September 15 that would unify their current cash and electronic payment systems of over a dozen tollroads within one year.
The signing of the agreement was led by the Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works and Highways where conglomerates San Miguel Corp., Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp. were present.
With the upcoming tollroad payments integration, motorists will enjoy the convenience of using one system to pay for the toll fees around the said areas.This milestone has been one of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade’s goals when he assumed his current post.
“This is what I call the exercise of common sense,” Tugade said on Friday. “We have 13 expressways.”
The following tollroads will be covered by the unified payment system:
- South Luzon Expressway (San Miguel Corp.)
- Metro Manila Skyway (San Miguel Corp.)
- Naia Expressway (San Miguel Corp.)
- Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (San Miguel Corp.)
- Star Tollway (San Miguel Corp.)
- North Luzon Expressway (Metro Pacific Corp.)
- Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (Metro Pacific Corp.)
- Cavite Expressway (Metro Pacific Corp.)
- Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway (Ayala Corp.)
The new system will use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) integration in six months while cash interoperability, regarded as a more complex task, would be done in another six months. Once the project is fully implemented, a motorist can utilize a single electronic card when traveling between toll roads. For cash payments, they get a ticket upon entering a toll road and payment only comes once they exit, regardless of the tollroad’s operator.