Last month, the Metro Manila Council (MMC) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) finally agreed to adopt the 28-year-old proposal Metro Manila Single Ticketing System (STS).
In a nutshell, the STS will unify the policy and enforcement of traffic rules in all of the cities within Metro Manila and will use just one ticketing system instead of an LGU-based ticketing system.
Next month, the MMDA will hold a dry run of the Metro Manila-wide STS.
“The single ticketing system across Metro Manila is nearing full implementation. There is a need to conduct a dry run to increase public awareness,” said MMDA acting chairman, Romando Artes.
To recall, local chief executives of Metro Manila have adopted the single ticketing system through the approval of the Metro Manila Traffic Code of 2023 which provides for a system of interconnectivity among government instrumentalities involved in the transport and traffic management in the metropolis with harmonized fines and penalties.
Artes added that the Land Transportation Office drafted a memorandum of agreement regarding interconnectivity with LGUs and data privacy agreement.
“LTO chief, Atty. Jayart Tugade, has committed to submit the MOA tomorrow,” added Artes.
MMC President and San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, for his part, stressed the importance of a single ticketing system. “The implementation of the single ticketing system will highly benefit our motorists because they have the option to pay thru online channels for their violations,” Zamora said.
Under the single ticketing system, it will also be easier for traffic violators in the National Capital Region to settle their penalties through Bayad Centers all over the country or through mobile apps.