In case you missed it, the Philippines has yet again landed in the list of countries with worst traffic, placing first in the ASEAN and overall ninth in the world. But with the newly opened Skyway Stage 3, this might just finally change.
The data from Numbeo, a crowdsourced global database, resulted from the 2020 evaluation of 81 countries. The factors considered were: time consumed in traffic, estimation of time consumption dissatisfaction, estimation of carbon dioxide consumption in traffic, and overall inefficiencies in the traffic system.
In the ASEAN region, the Philippines was followed by Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Globally, Nigeria was found to have the worst traffic among all the places covered. Then, there’s also Sri Lanka, Kenya, Bangladesh, and Egypt. Austria came out with the best traffic conditions.
Skyway Stage 3 to the rescue
Aiming to revamp the list and redeem the Philippines’ reputation in the traffic situation, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will officially open Skyway Stage 3. First, an opening ceremony will ensue on 14 Jan 2021 involving the Skyway management. At 5am on 15 Jan 2021, it will fully open wherein motorists can finally use all seven lanes of the 18-kilometre expressway.
Connecting the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the new Skyway Stage 3 would reduce travel time between the two to only 30 minutes. Between Makati, one of the busiest cities in the Philippine capital, and northern Metro Manila, it would only be 20 minutes.
A recent story on AutoIndustriya likewise detailed a Cavite resident’s experience of the expressway. From Bacoor to Quezon City, it took driver Anton Andres less than 40 minutes while travelling on an average speed of 54 kilometres per hour. Meanwhile, Skyway Stage 3 has a speed limit of 60 kilometres per hour.
More importantly, with more vehicles using Skyway Stage 3 starting 2021, Filipinos can enjoy a smoother traffic low in other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. And as an opening treat, motorists can experience the new expressway toll-free since until February 2021.
“All access points and seven lanes in select areas will be available to motorists starting January 15 still for free—extended until February 1—so that our motorists can experience and enjoy seamless driving along this engineering marvel over Metro Manila’s congested streets,” SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said on his official Facebook page.
All images credited to Ramon Ang | Official Facebook Page