MPT South readies plans for the holiday rush

So we’re back to the “old normal” and traffic jams are everywhere because of the holiday rush, even in the expressways.

That said, Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPT South), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), has announced that they are up for the task for the anticipated surge in traffic on the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), including its C5 Link segment, and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) as the holiday shopping and travel season enters full swing.

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From the third to the last week of December 2023, the toll road company anticipates a 15% to 20% surge in traffic for CAVITEX, primarily from motorists in Cavite heading to Manila. The average daily traffic count is projected to increase to 208,000 vehicles, up from the current 181,000. Meanwhile, for CALAX, MPT South expects a significant 35% increase in traffic, rising to 47,000 from last year’s 35,000 figures. This surge is attributed to travelers from Manila going to Tagaytay and nearby cities and municipalities via the recently opened Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange, providing motorists with quicker access to tourist destinations.

With this, MPT South will be placed on ‘high-alert’ status and reinforce “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” – a motorist assistance program mobilized during holiday peaks across its high-speed road networks, starting 6:00 AM of December 22 to 6:00 AM of December 24, 2023; 6:00 AM of December 26 to 6:00 AM of December 27, 2023; and from 6:00 AM of December 30, 2023 to 6:00 AM of January 2, 2024.

This program includes additional on-ground manpower for services like traffic management and toll collection, standby emergency medical services, and incident response teams. Motorist assistance is also accessible through 24/7 Customer Service Centers, a 24/7 Customer Care Hotline at 1-35000, and 24/7 social media channels (Facebook: fb.com/cavitexpressway, fb.com/OfficialCALAX, Twitter: twitter.com/caviteXpressway, twitter.com/OfficialCALAX) to ensure stress-free journey.

As part of the SMSK program, free towing for Class 1 vehicles up to the nearest exit will be provided during the period. 

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“As we gear up to ensure a safe and smooth journey for our motorists this holiday season, we advise everyone to plan their trips and check their vehicle's health to avoid untoward incidents. We also encourage our motorists to take advantage of using their Easytrip RFID for quicker toll transactions, and even stand a chance to win in our MPTC’s Happy Holideals promo if they reload their account via MPT DriveHub App,” said, Raul Ignacio, MPT South President and General Manager.

The MPT DriveHub app provides users with convenient access to a range of Easytrip and CCLEX RFID services. With just a few taps on their phones, users can reload in real-time, check their balances, plan routes, and receive assistance in roadside emergencies.

MPTC 2024 HAPPY HOLIDEALS

MPTC earlier announced the comeback of its Happy Holideals Promo as a way of giving back to its motorists with an extensive promo period from December 8, 2023- March 7, 2024. Motorists passing through any MPTC toll road at least 4x during the promo period stand a chance to win exciting prizes, including a brand-new Chevrolet Tracker LS, Php 50,000, and Php 100,000. Two winners of the brand-new Chevrolet Tracker LS, 40 winners of Php 50,000, and 10 winners of Php 100,000 will be selected during the promo period. 

To earn points, motorists must download and link their RFID account to MPT DriveHub App. For every reload of Php 200.00 via the app, motorists also earn an additional point. Each point is equivalent to one raffle entry. For full promo mechanics, visit https://www.mptdrivehub.com.ph/promos/holideals. Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-179965 Series of 2023. 

MPTC is the biggest toll road developer and operator in the country. Aside from the CALAX and CAVITEX network of toll roads, MPTC’s domestic portfolio includes the concessions for the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the NLEX Connector Road, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu.