The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has approved two NLEX toll rate adjustments, authorizing the tollway company to collect a total of P10 additional toll fees in the Open System and P0.18 per kilometer in the closed system, respectively, effective March 20, 2019.
This was made following the opening of the recently completed 2×3 lanes, all-elevated 5.65 km expressway NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 traversing Valenzuela, Malabon and Caloocan City and a comprehensive review of the outstanding petitions.
Included in the adjustments are the (1) a new add on toll rate of P6 applicable to the open system on the completion of the Harbor Link Segment 10 and (2) the first tranche of the approved periodic adjustments due in 2013 and 2015 amounting to an additional P4 in the open system and P0.18 per kilometer in the closed system.
Under the new toll fee matrix released by TRB, Class 1 vehicles (ordinary cars) traversing within Quezon City, Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, Malabon, Meycauayan and Marilao sections will pay an additional P10. Class 2 vehicles (buses and small trucks) on the same corridor will pay an additional P23 and Class 3 vehicles (large trucks/trailers) will only pay an additional P29.
The Open System, where a flat rate is charged per entry, includes the Balintawak, Mindanao Ave., Karuhatan, Valenzuela, Caloocan, Meycauayan, Marilao interchanges and toll plazas. These cover the urban section of the expressway where traffic congestion is more pronounced.
Class 1, 2, and 3 vehicles traveling end to end or between EDSA Balintawak or Mindanao Avenue to Sta. Ines, Mabalacat City will be respectively charged an additional P22, P56, and P67.
Meanwhile, as agreed with the government, the NLEX Corporation will charge lower toll fees by P1-P2 across the board to cushion the impact of the adjustments.
NLEX Harbor Link Segments 9 and 10 as part of the NLEX Open System
Now part of the Open System are NLEX Harbor Link Segment 9 and the recently opened Segment 10. The completion of these projects added new routes, exits, and entry points to the system, thus, helping decongest several traffic chokepoints like A. Bonifacio, EDSA, C3 Caloocan, Karuhatan, MacArthur Highway, and Quezon City.
For one, the new NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 has provided alternative access to over 30,000 motorists daily. Travel time between C3, Caloocan to NLEX Karuhatan in Valenzuela has been reduced from one hour to 5 minutes. It has also provided a new route from Mindanao Avenue to Caloocan City and beyond.
The successful construction of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 highlights the continuing partnership between the government and NLEX Corporation. Its completion was made possible by the task force organized by the Department of Public Works and Highways to speed up the acquisition of the road rights-of-way.
Last February 28, 2019, President Rodrigo R. Duterte led the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 inauguration ceremony along with cabinet secretaries who play key roles in the “Build, Build, Build” program of the government.
2012 and 2014 Regular Adjustments
For the past seven years or since 2012, the NLEX Corporation has not enjoyed the periodic toll rate increases covered by its concession agreement with the government. This however, has not prevented the tollway company from making new investments to improve and enhance the services to its thousands of motorists.
Through the years, the NLEX Corporation has invested for the upkeep and improvement of NLEX to prevent deterioration of the expressway and maintain its international standards. Apart from expanding the expressway by building the new Segments 9 and 10, several projects were implemented to decongest traffic and further improve customer experience
Among the projects completed were the expansion of toll plazas in Balintawak, Mindanao, Meycauayan, Bocaue, Marilao, San Fernando, Mexico, and Angeles City to considerably bring relief to motorists and reduce transaction time at the toll lanes.
The NLEX Sta. Ines interchange also got a boost with the construction of a right-turning exit ramp to Mabalacat-Magalang Road vastly improving direct access to local roads in Magalang, Pampanga.
To cater to the increasing volume of traffic, additional lane at the San Fernando Interchange Northbound Exit and new exits in Pandayan and Libtong, Meycauayan, and Lingunan, Valenzuela were constructed.
Drainages in Balintawak, Valenzuela, and Meycauayan were improved as part of the flood-control program, while interchange bridges in Sta. Rita and San Simon were retrofitted to ensure safety of motorists and commuters.
The company also elevated its customer experience by innovating through system enhancements such as use of portable toll collection system, display of Easytrip balances at the toll lanes, and conversion of some toll lanes to exclusive electronic toll collection (ETC) lanes.