NLEX to reopen cash lanes to ease heavy traffic in toll plazas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 14, 2020   •   1066

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation has announced it will reopen cash lanes in its toll plazas to ease heavy traffic brought by the RFID system

In a statement, the NLEX Corporation said the reopening of cash lanes is aimed at lessening long queues in toll plazas after the reported malfunctioning of several RFID scanners.

“We will be opening cash lanes in all toll plazas during this transition towards 100% cashless transactions,” the statement reads.

The cash lanes are expected to be open any day this week, NLEX management said.

Aside from reopening cash lanes, NLEX management will also transfer RFID installation and reloading sites away from the toll plaza.

The management also reiterated that they are one with the government in resolving the issue of the RFID implementation.

“NLEX Corporation will always be ready to contribute to helping solve Metro Manila’s daily traffic bottlenecks and alleviating the traffic woes of motorists during the holidays,” the NLEX Corporation said.

Meanwhile, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) said they will remove the ’emergency’ signages, as directed by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, and convert them to ‘Cash’ or ‘RFID’ lanes.

“One measure is to remove the ’emergency’ signages, and convert these toll plaza lanes to either ‘Cash’ or ‘RFID’ lanes. Ambulances, law enforcement vehicles, and other emergency response vehicles will be allowed to pass through any lane,” the TRB said in a statement. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

NLEX-SCTEX operator prepares for long weekend holiday

Maris Federez   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the operator of the North Luzon Expressway-Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (NLEX-SCTEX), has started preparing for the long weekend holiday.

In a statement, the MPTC said they expect a 10 percent increase in the volume of vehicles that will pass the NLEX-SCTEX starting October 29 to November 2.

The toll operator said they will implement extended working hours for their employees to give more attention to areas that are usually affected by the heavy flow of traffic.

“With traffic growth of 10% anticipated in NLEX-SCTEX, traffic management teams will adopt extended working hours to closely monitor and manage the expected high volume of vehicles in Balintawak, Mindanao, Karuhatan, Bocaue, San Simon, San Fernando, Tarlac, and Tipo,” the MPTC management said.

The MPTC has also put on hold construction and closure activities in several expressway lanes.

As added service, the MPTC will post traffic situations in the expressway through the NLEX social media accounts. Other information may be obtained through the company’s 24/7 hotline number 1-35000. —/mbmf

Motorists warned of one-week drainage works on portion of NLEx in Valenzuela City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Expect heavy traffic flow along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) starting Monday (September 27).

The NLEx management is doing drainage enhancement works along the northbound lane of the expressway specifically in Valenzuela City area.

Specifically, a 200-meter portion of the rightmost lane of NLEx Valenzuela area will be closed to motorists.

Warning signs are installed to guide the public of the ongoing maintenance works for safety.

The NLEx management said maintenance works will last until Saturday (October 2).

NLEX toll hike to take effect May 18

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) will impose a toll hike effective Tuesday, May 18.

In a statement, the tollway operator said the toll adjustment of about 2% to 3% will take effect at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.

“The adjustment is part of the approved periodic adjustments due in 2012 and 2014, or seven years ago. The Toll Regulatory Board and NLEX agreed to implement the increase on a staggered basis to cushion the impact of the adjustments,” the NLEX statement read.

This means an additional P2 will be collected for Class 1 vehicles or ordinary cars (value-added tax included) using the open system (inclusive of VAT).

The open system, where a flat rate is charged per entry, includes Quezon City, Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, Malabon City, Navotas City, Meycauayan City and Marilao, Bulacan. On the other hand, the closed system is between Bocaue, Bulacan and Mabalacat City, Pampanga

For other types of vehicles, additional P3 will be charged for Class 2 (buses and small commercial trucks) and additional P4 for Class 3 vehicles (large trucks/trailers).

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