San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has announced its next ambitious plan for Skyway – a bus rapid transport (BTR) system set to further decongest Metro Manila thoroughfares. 

The company officially confirmed the project on April 27, which will be the first of its kind for the country. 

According to the business conglomerate, the BTR system will function like trains, carrying high volumes of passengers to designated stop points. The company notes that its operating model will be similar to how P2P buses work. 

SMC said the project has been in planning for quite some time now, mentioning its always been part of their vision for Skyway – whose main purpose is to relieve overcrowding on main pathways such as EDSA and C5. 

“As early as 2017, we had already been considering the bus rapid transit system on the Skyway as a means to further decongest traffic in Metro Manila and transform the commuting experience of many Filipinos,” SMC President Ramon Ang said in a press release. 

The new transport scheme will be set up at Susanna Heights in Muntinlupa to Balintawak towards the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). 

Ang says the planned transportation network is one of the solutions they see as viable to combat Metro Manila’s traffic problem. He adds that it’s a system that’s ‘highly scalable’ and can be implemented on other major passageways. 

“Our need for efficient transport systems will always be there, so more solutions are required. The Skyway BRT system is one viable solution that is also highly scalable,” he said. 

At the moment, SMC is already researching the new bus transport system – which they plan to have approved by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“We’re very excited to start discussions on this. The most important thing is that the platform is already here— the completed elevated Skyway system —and this BRT or high-capacity P2P system will make commutes faster and better for many Filipinos,” Ang shared. 

Earlier this year, SMC officially opened the third stage of the Metro Manila Skyway. The elevated expressway runs from Bicutan, Taguig to Balintawak, and Quezon City. 

Apart from Skyway’s upcoming BTR system, San Miguel has other future projects in the pipeline for the Philippines. This will include the Pasig River Expressway Project (PAREX), the NewManila International Airport project in Bulacan, the NMIA Airport Expressway, the East Metro Manila Expressway, Bataan-Bulacan Expressway, Calamba-San Pedro Expressway, and others. 

Below is a photo of what the project might look like once finished.

SMC President Ramon S. Ang has revealed their plans to build a BRT or a P2P Bus system using Skyway, initially from…

Posted by Commuters of Metro Manila on Monday, April 26, 2021

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Image credit: SMC’s Official Website