The NLEX Philippine Arena Interchange in Bocaue, Bulacan is set to reopen on Saturday, August 1, after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
The arena has also been used exclusively by vehicles going to the arena which has been converted into a quarantine facility.
NLEX Corp. said the interchange requires contactless transactions through radio frequency identification (RFID) to help motorists transition to cashless transactions and curb the spread of the virus.
The tollway company will put up RFID installation sites at strategic areas of the Philippine Arena Interchange. Cash-paying motorists who will pass through the road will be required to sign up for an RFID account and have the RFID installed on their vehicles before entry/exit
“The interchange is surrounded by a mega quarantine facility, a prospective terminal for northern provincial buses—both are inside the Philippine Arena complex, and a molecular testing laboratory located at the western portion. For everyone’s safety, we are implementing the RFID-only policy at the interchange. This would ensure physical distancing through cashless payments,” said J. Luigi Bautista, NLEX president and general manager.
The reopening of Philippine Arena Interchange complements the recent opening of Tambobong Interchange. Both are vital in the decongestion of Bocaue Interchange and in easing mounting traffic along Governor F. Halili road in Bocaue-Sta.Maria corridor.
These alternative roads provide better access and convenience to motorists bound for Sta. Maria, Angat, Pandi, and other towns in eastern Bulacan.