The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has stated that thanks to the official opening of the Skyway Stage 3 traffic flow on EDSA have improved greatly. The agency goes as far as to say that the traffic flow resembles that of the holiday season with increased average speeds overall.
According to Jojo Garcia, the MMDA General Manager, the effect of the new roadway was immediately felt after its opening. With an easier route for those looking to avoid EDSA and for those who want to more easily traverse from the north to the south, traffic on the thoroughfare has eased substantially as more users flock to utilize the new road.
Prior to the opening of the new roadway traffic on EDSA used to be between 7 to 12kph, now, however, thanks to Skyway Stage 3, this has more than doubled the average speed to 20 to 30kph. While its effects are already being felt, it’s important to remember that the new elevated roadway still remains toll-free until February 1, 2021.
Its effects after the official toll fees have been released have yet to be felt. The proposed toll fees for the elevated roadway currently stand at P110 for its most affordable and P274 for its most expensive. This means that a trip from Buendia to Makati and vice versa will cost around P274 for a one-way trip. If done on a daily basis this could cost the average motorist a pretty penny. However, there is no denying that the new roadway is indeed convenient and delivers on what it promises on a shorter trip from NLEX to SLEX and everything else in between.
For now, at the least, it is all a waiting game to see what the Toll Regulatory Board, as well as the San Miguel Corporation, have in store for the final toll fees for the Skyway Stage 3.