By Emmie Abadilla
The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation will implement additional P0.25 per kilometer toll effective Monday (November 6) following the Toll Regulatory Board’s (TRB) provisional approval last month of NLEX closed system toll rates.
The TRB approved the adjustment after NLEX completed building the P2.5-billion 64 new lane-kilometers along the Bulacan and Pampanga portions of the expressway.
Since last year, motorists have benefited from NLEX Corp.’s new infrastructure projects.
The company completed a new carriageway and two new bridges between Barangay Dau and Barangay Sta. Ines in Mabalacat City in December last year.
Last April, it opened new lanes along Barangay Sta. Rita, Guiguinto and San Fernando City sections to motorists. The company likewise expanded the 5-km Candaba Viaduct from 2×2 lanes to 2×3 lanes further improving travel.
Under the provisionally approved new toll fee matrix, Class 1 vehicles (ordinary cars) travelling the entire NLEX between EDSA Balintawak or Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City to Sta. Ines, Mabalacat City will pay an additional P18.
Class 2 vehicles (buses and small trucks) will pay an additional P46 while Class 3 vehicles (large trucks and trailers) will pay an additional P56.
As the provisionally adjusted add-on toll rates exclude the existing NLEX Open System, all vehicles travelling within the Quezon City, Valenzuela City, Meycauayan and Marilao sections will continue to pay existing toll fees.
“Likewise, the toll fees for the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway system (SCTEX) remain unchanged regardless of the vehicle class,” according to the NLEX Corp. statement issued Friday.
On the other hand, the Batangas Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Toll will add P0.67 per kilometer in its toll from Sto. Tomas to Batangas City starting November 6.
The Manila-Cavite Expressway has not received any advice pertaining to additional toll.