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Southern Tagalog Arterial Road

Southern Tagalog Arterial Road / STAR Tollway

Apolinario Mabini Superhighway
Map of expressways in Luzon, with the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road in red
Route information
Length: 41.9 km (26.0 mi)
Major junctions
North end: South Luzon Expressway in Santo Tomas, Batangas

Maharlika Highway in Santo Tomas, Batangas

Laurel Highway in Lipa
South end: Diversion Road in Batangas City
Major cities: Tanauan City, Lipa City and Batangas City
Towns: Santo Tomas, Malvar, Ibaan
Highway system
Highways in the Philippines

The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (also known as the STAR Tollway or CALABARZON Expressway) is a two-to-four-lane 42 km (26 mi) expressway in the province of Batangas in the Philippines. It is operated by STAR Infrastructure Development Corporation (STAR - IDC).

The expressway starts at the intersection with the Pan-Philippine Highway (also known as the Maharlika Highway) and the South Luzon Expressway in Santo Tomas and runs southward, near Diversion Road, to Batangas City. It passes through Malvar, Tanauan, Lipa and Ibaan.


  • History 1
  • Name and origin 2
  • Redevelopment 3
    • Santo Tomas–Lipa Segment 3.1
    • Lipa–Batangas City Segment 3.2
  • Technical specifications 4
  • Tolls 5
  • Exits 6
  • Future exits 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


In an effort to link the different Southern Tagalog Provinces to the National Capital Region, the government with the cooperation of the Provincial Government of Batangas and with the technical and country developmental assistance of the Government of Japan through the Japan Official Development Assistance, made the STAR Tollway project a reality.

The STAR Tollway I, from Santo Tomas to Lipa, was opened in 2001; STAR Tollway II, from Lipa to the Batangas City Port, opened in 2008. It is fully operational for all motorists. Currently, only two lanes of the Lipa-Batangas road have been constructed, and this will be expanded to four lanes once this section reaches capacity. It was opened as part of the Road Development Project of the government, linking the South Luzon Expressway to STAR Tollway onwards to the Batangas Port in Batangas City. The travel time from Manila to Batangas City became 2 hours when Stage 2 opened.

The STAR Tollway Project I and II was funded by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways - Urban Roads Project Office (DPWH - URPO).

The STAR Tollway is now under the supervision of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and it is being operated by the Star Tollway Corporation.

Name and origin

On February 9, 2004, Congresswoman Victoria Hernandez Reyes from the Third Congressional District of Batangas of the House of the Representatives, authored the House Bill 2753, or also known as the "Act of Renaming the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) to Apolinario Mabini Superhighway (AMS)." On May 15, 2007, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed and approved House Bill 2753 to rename the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road to Apolinario Mabini Superhighway, and it was made into a law, now called the Republic Act 9462 (RA 9462).[1]


Announced by the operator, STAR-Infrastructure Development Corporation, on May 16, 2013, the STAR Tollway Upgrading and Rehabilitation Project is stated to begin on July 2013 as announced by SIDC president Melvin Nazareno. Under the project, the expressway would undergo several upgrade and rehabilitation on its roads and facilities in order to keep up with the demand of the expressway. The expressway project includes the following:[2]

Santo Tomas–Lipa Segment

The existing 4-lane stretch from Santo Tomas to Lipa was rehabilitated and upgraded from a four lane concrete road to a four lane asphalt road similar to other existing toll roads in the country. The whole stretch of the expressway would be installed with CCTV cameras by installation of fiber-optic cables. Also there is the upgrade of the toll collection system which would make it faster and more seamless and the adding of lights.

Lipa–Batangas City Segment

On the other hand, the 2-lane stretch of road from Lipa to Batangas City will be rehabilitated and upgraded to a four lane asphalt road similar to the Santo Tomas–Lipa Segment of the expressway with some interchange reworks on some exit to fit this upgrade. Like the Santo-Tomas–Lipa Segment, the whole stretch of the expressway would be installed with CCTV cameras by installation of fiber-optic cables. Also there is the upgrade of the toll collection system which would make it faster and more seamless. The expansion of the Lipa–Batangas City segment commenced on June 2013, and is expected to finish in 24 months, in June 2015 with adding of lights. [3]

Technical specifications

The Santo Tomas-Batangas City segment of STAR Tollway.
  • Name: Southern Tagalog Arterial Road
  • Concession Holder: STAR Infrastructure Development Corporation
  • Operator: STAR Tollway Corporation
  • Length: 41.90 km
  • Concession starting date: 2002
  • Concession ending date: (2029)
  • Highway exits: 6
  • Toll plazas: 6
  • Rest and service areas: 1
  • Minimum height clearance on underpasses: 4.27m (14')
  • Lanes: four (Sto. Tomas to Ibaan-Batangas City boundary), three (2 lane southbound, 1 lane northbound) (Ibaan-Batangas City boundary to Batangas City)


The whole expressway employs a closed system, where drivers get a card on the entry point and surrender it upon exiting the toll road. There is no electronic collection system used on the expressway.

Class Rate
Class 1
(Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys)
Class 2
(Buses, Light Trucks)
Class 3
(Heavy Trucks)


Despite a completed connection with South Luzon Expressway, which end at kilometer 57.2, kilometer count on STAR Tollway rather starts at kilometer 60. The kilometer zero is in Rizal Park, despite the discontinuous mileage. Exits are not numbered. The whole route is in Batangas.

City/Municipality Kilometer Mile Exit name Old exit name Destinations Notes
STAR Tollway continues as South Luzon Expressway
Santo Tomas 60 37 Santo Tomas Exit Santo Tomas Partial cloverleaf interchange
Santo Tomas Toll Barrier
Tanauan 65 40 Tanauan Exit Sambat Exit Tanauan, Talisay, Tagaytay, Laurel Diamond interchange
Malvar 70 43 Malvar Exit Bulihan Exit Malvar, Bulihan Diamond interchange
Petron KM 75
Lipa 78 48 Balete/Leviste Exit Balete, University of Batangas Lipa Campus, Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club, Lipa City Hall Diamond interchange
Petron STAR Tollway NB
Lipa 82 50 Lipa Exit Tambo Exit Lipa, Lemery, Cuenca, Alitagtag Partial cloverleaf interchange
Ibaan 93 57 Ibaan Exit Malainin Exit San Jose, Ibaan Diamond interchange
STAR Tollway past kilometer 99 becomes a 3-lane road with jersey barriers, except on bridges, where it becomes 2-lane.
Balagtas Toll Plaza
Batangas City 102 63 Batangas Exit Batangas City, Batangas Port Roundabout. End of expressway
STAR Tollway continues as Batangas Port Diversion Road for Batangas Port
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Future exits

Location Exit number Name Interchange type Destination Notes
Lipa 75 Petron Service Area Southbound service station

See also


  1. ^ BIS Online Query
  2. ^ Star Tollway Upgrade and Rehab Set , Manila Standard Today, May 16, 2013
  3. ^ 2.3 Billion Peso Star Tollway expansion starts , The Philippine Star, June 3, 2013

External links

  • Official Website
  • House of Representatives - Republic of the Philippines
  • House of Representatives - Bill Inquiry System
  • mapCentral - Interactive Philippine map

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