TRB to study discount proposal

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    Expansion works. Traffic in SLEX is seen to ease in December once Skyway phase 1 is completed by November.
    Expansion works. Traffic in SLEX is seen to ease in December once Skyway phase 1 is completed by November.

    The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) will look into a proposal seeking to grant discounts to motorists passing through the highly-congested northbound of South Luzon Expressway
    Mark Villar, Department of Public Works and Highway secretary and TRB board member, told reporters the proposal is yet to be discussed formally by  the board.

    But Villar said the priority is to fasttrack the construction of the Skyway expansion and complete the preliminary works by December 1, to hopefully bring back the original traffic flow in the expressway.

    The traffic gridlock at the northbound of SLEX is temporary as there are ongoing expansion works which once completed will address the anticipated increasing traffic volume, Villar added.

    The proposal to give discount came after San Miguel Corp. tollways unit Skyway O&M Corp. (SOMCO) operator of Slex and Skyway failed to show up at the meeting with the regulator on October 19.

    Earlier, SOMCO said it will complete preliminary works on  the P10-billion Skyway phase 1 project by November to mitigate traffic at the SLEx and the Skyway before Christmas.

    By then, motorists will be able to use the third lane that is currently closed due to preliminary works.

    The company targets to complete the entire Phase 1 (Muntinlupa to Susana Heights) by December 2020.