Full implementation of RFID causes heavy traffic in NLEX

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 1, 2020   •   443

MANILA, Philippines — The full implementation of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has caused heavy traffic along North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

The heavy traffic lasted for around eight hours from Bocaue Toll Plaza until Guiguinto Bulacan Expressway.

According to NLEX traffic manager Robin Ignacio, an advisory was issued informing the public that cashless transactions will begin on December 1.

However, Ignacio said only 70 percent of motorists have RFID stickers and some of them failed to top-up the minimum P500 load.

The NLEX management has opened six cash transaction lanes, 24 RFID lanes, and three loading stations. It remains positive that the RFID will help ease traffic and prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Kailangan na po nating ipatupad ang cashless transaction, full RFID natin para maiwasan narin po ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 dahil wala na po itong teller, at makakasalamuha ang ating motorista (We need to implement the cashless transaction. We need to go full RFID to prevent the spread of COVID-19 because this system eliminates interaction between the teller and motorist),” Ignacio said.

For motorists with no RFID stickers, Ignacio advised them to proceed to the customer area at NLEX toll gates. AAC (with reports from Nestor Torres)

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DPWH targets to open first 5-km of NLEX connector before end of 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Wednesday (January 20) that it targets to open the 5-kilometer portion of the NLEX Connector by the end of 2021.

The first 5 kilometers of the NLEX Connector links Caloocan Interchange, C3 and España Boulevard in Manila.

“Spanning a total of eight kilometers, the DPWH said the full NLEX Connector will be an all vehicle class elevated expressway that will traverse the C3 Road in Caloocan City pass through Abad Santos, Blumentritt, Dimasalang, España, Magsaysay Boulevard and eventually connect with the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa in Manila,” the DPWH said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the project aims to ease traffic along EDSA.

The full NLEX Connector that spans 8 kilometers will feature four toll plazas and interchanges from C3 and España.

It is expected to reduce travel time between NLEX and South Luzon Expressway from two hours to just 20 minutes.

The 23-billion project is also seen to provide better access to Manila Ports (North Harbor) and airports (NAIA and Clark).

Kapag natapos itong connector lalong luluwag ang EDSA kasi lahat ng trucks na galing sa port magkakaroon ng option na mag NLEX or mag SLEX (As soon as the connector is completed, EDSA will be decongested as all trucks from the port will have the option to use either the NLEX or SLEX),” he said.

Villar said as they strive to complete the first 5 kilometers, they will also target to complete the NLEX Connector up to Sta. Mesa, Manila before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends. —AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

NLEX, naghahanda na sa posibleng pagdagsa ng mga motorista

Robie de Guzman   •   December 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpakalat na ang pamunuan ng North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) ng mahigit 1,200 marshalls para sa inaasahang pagdagsa ng mga motorista ngayong holiday season.

Ayon sa NLEX, ang mga marshall ay itatalaga sa security patrols, emergency response at radio-frequency identification (RFID) assistance.

Inaasahan ng toll operator ang bahagyang pagtaas ng bilang ng mga bibiyahe para samantalahin ang mahabang holiday.

Sa tala ng NLEX, nasa 288,000 mga sasakyan ang dumaan sa NLEX pati na sa SCTEX nitong buwan ng Nobyembre at inaasahang tataas ito ng 10 hanggang 12 porsiyento ngayong holiday season.

Tiniyak naman ng NLEX Corporation na mananatiling nakabukas ang cash lanes para sa mga motoristang wala pang RFID tag at ngayon lamang ulit dadaan sa expressway.

“Expect a little more queues as we near Christmas… You can see our motorists who have not gotten their RFID stickers. They still have to queue on the cash lanes. But we are trying to move it as fast as possible,” ang pahayag ni Atty. Junji Quimbo, Senior Vice President ng NLEX Corporation.

Mananatili ring bukas ang cash entry lanes sa South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAx), STAR at Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) para sa mga hindi pa nagpapakabit ng RFID sticker.

Sa ngayon ay maluwag pa ang sitwasyon ng trapiko sa Balintawak toll plaza bagaman may kaunting build up sa cash lanes.

Ayon kay Quimbo, nakatulong para maibsan ang mabigat na trapiko sa toll plazas ang pag-aalis sa RFID installation booths sa mismong toll gates.

“The instances of glitches are going down, we, of course, record every possible glitch that happens but the smoother flow in traffic at the toll gates especially along the RFID lanes have shown improvements. There are no more long queues there,” ang pahayag ni Quimbo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Sen. Gatchalian pushes for toll holiday over RFID mess

Marje Pelayo   •   December 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is proposing a toll holiday along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) until its operators resolved the issues surrounding the implementation of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system.

In an interview, Gatchalian said motorists should not be charged a toll after all the inconveniences they experience as they pass the expressway.

Gatchalian who heads the Senate Committee on Public Services has previously suggested a temporary suspension of the cashless toll payment system because of glitches.

“Operators are mandated to put perfect or near-perfect RFID readers. But if it’s not functioning, then why allow the motorists to feel the inconvenience of that imperfection,” the Senator noted. 

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