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MNTC: Plans underway to integrate North and South tollways

MNTC: Plans underway to integrate North and South tollways image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted August 08, 2016 11:27

North-south expressways to have single toll system

Ever feel the hassle of having to use different radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems for expressway in the south and north of Metro Manila?

This may soon become a problem of the past as the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) has indicated its willingness to sign an agreement that will allow the integration of the toll systems of all the expressways in Luzon to make travel easier for motorists.

“We have been discussing our counterparts in other toll roads the technical challenge of integrating the toll collection systems. Discussions are ongoing in response to the challenge of the government,” said MNTC and Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC) CEO and President Rodrigo Franco.

This is being facilitated at the request of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade in order to speed up the flow of traffic for motorists entering two different expressways in a single commute.

The MNTC aims to get an agreement signed among the various toll operators within the first 100 days of the Duterte administration or by mid-October 2016.

Actual implementation of the single system between tollways will depend on the how fast operators can tweak their software and programming in order to make it work on a national scale.

The exact date may not have been set but the MNTC assures motorists that improvements will happen within the year.

“It depends on technical studies. We have not set those timelines yet. Hopefully the timeline is defined within the 100 days when we sign the agreement,” added Franco.