Cavite Expressway Segment 1 toll rates to go up starting Oct. 24

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2019   •   104

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists plying the Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) will have to shell out more money as toll rates at Segment 1 of the expressway are set to go up starting Oct. 24.

Metro Pacific Tollways South Corp., which operates Cavitex, said the toll hike will be implemented after the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) approved its petition.

In an advisory posted on Twitter, the toll operator said rates at the 7-kilometer phase 1 of segment 1 will be hiked by P1 class 1 vehicles, P2 for class 2 and P3 for class 3 vehicles. This will bring new rates to P25, P50, and P75, respectively.

The operator also announced that a provisional toll will also be collected beginning Oct. 24 at the Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway.

Class 1 vehicles will have to pay P22, class 2 vehicles will be charged P44 and class 3 vehicles will have to pay P66.

The first 2.2 kilometers of Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway opened to the public last July 22.

C5 South Link segment to open on July 23 – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A segment of the C5 South Link Expressway is set to be opened for motorists next month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Thursday.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the construction of Segment 3A-1 is currently being fast-tracked to meet the target date of opening on July 23.

The Segment 3A-1, which spans CP Garcia in Taguig City to Sucat in Parañaque City, is envisioned to decongest the East and West Service roads, as well as Sales Road.

Once the 2.2-kilometer segment opens, Villar said, this will help about 5,000 vehicles easily cross from Villamor in Pasay to Taguig via Fort Bonifacio in three minutes from the current 1.5 hours.

It will have three lanes and two interim toll plazas for both ends of the expressway. A toll of about P20 to P22 is expected once the new segment is opened.

The Segment 3A1 is part of the 7.7-kilometer South Link tollway stretch connecting C5 to Merville, Sucat and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).

“Usually ‘yung mga taga-South kapag pupunta sa C5, iikot pa sila eh. It would take 45 minutes from R1, they have to pass through a portion of Edsa going to Taft iikot ka pa. Pero ngayon, diretso na ‘yung 7.7 kilometers. Ibig sabihin, siguro in 10 minutes you will be [able to traverse] from Coastal to C5,” Villar said.

The C5 South Link Expressway project is expected to reduce the number of vehicles along Edsa by 50,000. It is expected to be completed by year 2020. (with details from Benedict Samson)

Construction of CALAEX Cavite segment begins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2019

The Cavite segment construction of Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAEX)
broke ground on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

It will connect Cavite Expressway to South Luzon Expressway in Mamplasan, Laguna.

According to Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, its completion will benefit around 50,000 motorists travelling from Cavite to Laguna.

“Well ang mangyayari dito ang connection niya from CAVITEX to SLEX, so just 45 minutes ang mawawala sa biyahe, (What is going to be built here is the connection from CAVITEX to SLEX which will reduce travel time by 45 minutes),” he said.t

The 45 kilometer CALAEX will begin in Kawit, Cavite and end in Mamplasan, Laguna. It will have four lanes and will be installed with modern equipment including automatic license plate recognition system, and improved Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system.

It will also include I.P-based speed detection cameras, HD CCTv cameras, and weight in motion sensors that can detect overloaded vehicles.

During the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, secretary Villar said the construction is also a part of the 1,000-km high-speed expressway set to be finished under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kung ang biyahe po dati from north to south from Ilocos to Bicol siguro aabot po tayo ng 18 to 19 hours. Kapag natapos po ang Luzon Spine Expressway Network, 9 hours nalang po ang biyahe from north to south, (If travel time from north to south, from Ilocos to Bicol, will take 18 to 19 hours, once the Luzon Spine Expressway Network will be finished, it will only take 9 hours from north to south) Villar said.

Meanwhile, Cavite governor, Jesus Crispin Remulla said that aside from lighter traffic, the construction will also help with the economy of the province.

“Kapag maganda ang transport maganda ang infrustructure (Good transport means good infrastructure) it just attracts everything and everybody,” he said.

The said expressway cost about P12 billion and it is estimated to open to motorists by 2022.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Benedict Samson)

More toll collection points to open in NLEx, SCTEx, CAVITEx during Undas

Marje Pelayo   •   October 23, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) is gearing up for the surge of motorists in expressways beginning October 31 to November 5.

The MPTC is planning to set up additional toll collection points in strategic areas along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx); the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx); and the Manila–Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx).

The plan is expected to ease the flow of vehicles and shorten queues of motorists at toll plazas.

The MPTC is also planning to suspend all construction works in the three major expressways to keep the roads free of obstructions.

There will also be patrol teams to manage traffic flow on ground and motorist camps in strategic areas along the thoroughfares where motorists can avail of free WiFi access, drinking water and first aid treatment or basic mechanical services in case of road emergencies.

Meanwhile, the MPTC reminds motorists to make sure they enter the proper toll gate to avoid delays.

“Iyon po namang mga toll plazas natin malayo pa lang makikita na natin ang mga signs. Iyong green arrow kung cash payer ka, doon lang; iyon lang ang tumbukin nating lane. Dapat malayo pa lang tingnan na ng mga motorista. Magdesisyon na sila kung saan dapat gumamit na toll,” said Glenn Campos, the vice president for technology and operation management of the NLEX Corporation.

The Toll Regulatory Board noted that there will be no increase in toll rate despite continuous road improvements and expansion works in NLEx, SCTEx, and CAVITEx.

The Board said they are still having a thorough study on whether to approve the P9.00 toll rate increase being requested by the MPTC.

“Iyang toll rate na iyan ingat na ingat tayo ngayon dyan, ang gobyerno, dahil kasi ayaw na nating maka-contribute pa sa inflation sa sitwasyon natin ngayon,” said TRB member Alberto Suansing.

But in event that the toll rate hike is approved, Suansing said, it will be collected on a staggered basis so as not to burden the motorists. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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