The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), operator of the NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX has already begun preparations for the coming holy week. The group held a press conference to announce the start of its “Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko” (SMSK) motorist assistance program.
MPTC said it expects to see a 15% increase in traffic in its expressways. In response, it is deploying the SMSK program along NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX to enhance traffic management and toll collection services during the Lenten Season.
New lanes of NLEX, which are part of its segment 2 and 3 expansion from Sta. Rita to San Fernano and from SCTEX Spur up to Sta. Ines, will be temporarily opened as part of its endeavour to ease traffic flow. These expansions are part of MPTC’s efforts to increase the capacity of NLEX by constructing additional lanes and exits, and expanding toll plazas and interchanges. SCTEX pavement and traffic management and safet enhancements are also being upgraded. A total cost of P1.8-B has been invested in these upgrades along the NLEX and SCTEX.
For those going north, a heavy volume of vehicles is expected in the afternoon of April 12 until late morning of April 13. Those traveling back to Manila may expect the surge in traffic in the afternoon of April 15 until the early morning of April 17.
From April 7 to 17, additional patrol vehicles and enforcers will be deployed to assist motorists. Ambulant toll tellers equipped with portable toll collection gadgets will be fielded to speed up toll transactions. Also during this period, road works will be suspended to ensure smooth traffic flow.
To better serve motorists, on April 7, 8, 12, and 13, the Balintawak Toll Plaza will open a maximum of 30 toll collection points instead of the usual 16, the Mindanao Avenue Toll Plaza will also increase its toll collection points to 15 from 5. Toll collection points inTarlac Toll Plaza will become 29 instead of 5, while the Tipo Toll Plaza will have 12 toll collection points instead of 4.
Southbound motorists may also experience further convenience from April 15 to 16 as the Bocaue Toll Plaza opens a maximum of 53 toll collection points.
On April 12 to 16, MPTC and its partners will provide free services such as free calls and Wi-Fi, free basic mechanic services and first aid treatments in designated locations along NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX. Free towing services to the nearest exit will be offered to Class 1 vehicles from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free drinking water will also be available at SMSK Motorist Camps in SCTEX PTT Station Floridablanca lay-by Seaoil Station and CAVITEX Parañaque and Kawit toll plazas. SMSK is co-presented by Caltex.