Things to note before you go on Holy Week exodus

TPLEX, SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, and STAR Tollway gear up for surge of travelers this Holy Week.

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SMC Tollways—operator of TPLEX in the north, and Skyway, NAIAX, SLEX and STAR in the south—is gearing up for the expected surge in vehicles traveling in and out of Metro Manila this Holy Week.

Early preparations include plans to implement enhanced traffic management measures, and setting up of motorist assistance stations in strategic locations along its toll roads.

With an expected 10 percent surge in traffic volume, SMC Tollways said it will mobilize all operations staff, additional toll collectors, ambulant tellers, and traffic management personnel during the week. Temporary toll collection booths will be installed to speed up transaction time at the toll plazas. All road works will also be suspended.

In partnership with Petron Lakbay Alalay, Motorist Assistance Stations will be set up to provide free mechanic troubleshooting services and vehicle check-ups at the following areas:

TPLEX – Petron KM 134 Northbound and Southbound and at the TPLEX Toll Operations Compound Northbound
Skyway – C5 and Merville Southbound, Sucat Lay-by Northbound
SLEX – Binan Lay-by Southbound and SLEX Operations Control Center Northbound
STAR – Petron Malvar Southbound and Malainin Lay-by KM 92 Southbound, Petron Lipa Northbound and Lapu-Lapu Lay-by KM 90 Northbound.

Meanwhile, SMC Tollways advises the public to expect heavy volume of vehicles in the following areas:

TPLEX Northbound: (March 28, 29, 31) Tarlac Central Toll Plaza, Urdaneta Toll Plaza, Urdaneta-MacArthur T-intersection, Binalonan Toll Plaza, and Pozorrubio Toll Plaza.
TPLEX Southbound: (April 1-2) Tarlac Central Toll Plaza, Urdaneta Toll Plaza, Urdaneta-MacArthur T-intersection, Binalonan Toll Plaza, and Pozorrubio Toll Plaza.

Skyway Southbound: (March 28, 29, 31) C5- Alabang At-Grade
Skyway Northbound: (April 1-2) Alabang Viaduct to Skyway Toll Plaza B and Runway Toll Plaza

NAIAX Westbound: (March 28, 29) NAIAX Main Toll Plaza B
NAIAX Eastbound: (April 1-2) NAIAX Main Toll Plaza A

SLEX Southbound: (March 28, 29, 31) Calamba Toll Plaza, Carmona, Mamplasan Sta. Rosa, Eton-ABI Exits and Ayala Toll Plaza
SLEX Northbound: (April 1-2) Calamba Toll Plaza, Exits in Carmona, Filinvest, Alabang Viaduct and Ayala Toll Plaza

STAR Tollway Southbound: (March 28, 29 and 31) Sto. Tomas Toll Plaza, Lipa Toll Plaza, Ibaan, Balagtas Toll Plaza Exit, and the Batangas Roundabout
STAR Tollway Northbound: (April 1-2) Toll Plazas in Sto. Tomas, Balagtas, and Lipa

Thus, making all personal essentials handy and loading up on extra patience is encouraged for all travelers, especially the designated drivers, for a safe and hassle-free travel.

For 24/7 emergency assistance and traffic updates, motorists can take note of the following contact numbers:

Hotline for Skyway, NAIAX, SLEX, and STAR: (02) 318-TOLL (8655)

Other contact numbers:

Skyway: (Globe) 09175398762, (Smart) 09998860893, and (Sun) 09328546980
SLEX: (Globe) 09176877539
STAR Tollway: (Globe) 0917-5117827, (Smart) 0908-5117827
TPLEX: (Globe) 09178880715