NLEX to impose higher toll rate starting Nov. 25

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2020   •   188

MANILA, Philippines – The management of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) said it would implement a rate hike starting Nov. 25, Wednesday as approved by the Toll Regulatory Board.

The NLEX Corp. said there would be P4 increase in the open system through Class 1 vehicles. Class 2 vehicles will pay additional P10 while Class 3 vehicles will pay additional P11.

The toll hike covers the open system in Balintawak, Quezon City to Marilao, Bulacan.

Atty. Romulo Quimbo, Senior Vice President for Communication and Stakeholder Management of NLEX Corp., said the toll hike will be implemented following the completion of the NLEX Harbor Link elevated section.

This road section spans 2.6 kilometers between the Caloocan Interchange at C3 Road and 5th Avenue and the new Navotas Interchange along R-10 and Mel Lopez Boulevard.

“Nagtaas po tayo ng toll dahil natapos na yung extension natin sa Harbor Link, yung 2.6 kilometers, bagong bagong expressway na binuksan na natin noong June 15. Ginagamit na ito ng mga motorist,” Quimbo said.

For motorists on end-to-end travel from Metro Manila to Mabalacat in Pampanga, they will be charged an additional P9 for Class 1 vehicles, P20 for Class 2, and P25 for Class 3 vehicles.

“Kasi may 6 centavos per kilometer na charge yun,sinusukat na yung haba ng byahe mo. Sample lang, end-to-end its only P9 po,” Quimbo said.

The NLEX Harbor Link helped ease the congestion in some parts of Quezon City and Manila areas as it offered an alternative route for commuters and truckers affected by traffic choke along EDSA, A. Bonifacio and Rizal Avenue in Manila, the NLEX Corp. said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Nestor Torres)

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)

Valenzuela City ends toll holiday; orders conditional lifting of NLEX Corp.’s business permit suspension

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The toll holiday being implemented in North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) toll plazas in Valenzuela City has ended at 12 noon on Wednesday after Mayor Rex Gatchalian ordered the conditional lifting of the suspension of the company’s business permit, the local government said.

Gatchalian last week ordered the suspension due to the toll operator’s failure to comply with the city’s directive to address issues on the RFID installation and improve its services.

“The city government of Valenzuela and NLEX Corporation have come to a meeting of the minds this morning, 10:30 am, December 16, 2020,” the city government said in an advisory.

“Both parties believe that this is the right direction to take to ease the burden of the riding public,” it added.

The city government and NLEX Corp. have also agreed to implement barriers up scheme in all RFID lanes in toll plazas in Valenzuela City from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and reinstate cash lanes.

They have also agreed to upgrade the RFID system and account management to “address growing consumer complaints to be completed on or before January 30, 2021.”

“Both parties have also agreed to create a technical working group, composed of CGOV and NLEX key personnel, who will continuously meet to innovate traffic and account management initiatives,” the city government said.

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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