Cavite Infrastructure Corp. (CIC) has secured the Toll Regulatory Board’s (TRB) approval to impose new toll rates for two major projects under the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway Project (MCTEP).
MCTEP, also known as Cavitex, is a 14-kilometer expressway along the coast of Bacoor Bay after South of Roxas boulevard which exits to Kawit and the cities of Las Piñas and Bacoor.
CIC, a tollway unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), said the TRB has approved the initial toll for the first 2.2 kilometers of the Segment 3A-1 portion of the C-5 Link expressway, and the additional toll rate for Phase 1 of the R-1 expressway. Both projects are part of the MCTEP or Cavitex.
Motorists traversing Segment 3A-1 will pay the initial toll fee of P22 for Class 1 vehicles (ordinary cars), P44 for Class 2 vehicles (buses and small commercial trucks) and P66 for Class 3 vehicles (large trucks/trailers).
The new toll for Segment 3A-1 is valid initially for a period of six months from the date of the start of actual collection.
Segment 3A-1 has been opened to motorists for free since July this year. The initial toll will be implemented upon TRB’s issuance of notice to start collection.
Segment 3A-1 is comprised of a 2×3 lane toll road that runs from C-5 Road in Taguig westward to Merville, Parañaque. It includes the flyover crossing the South Luzon Expressway.
The TRB also approved additional toll for Phase 1 of the R-1 expressway from Seaside in Pasay to Zapote, Cavite. Class 1 vehicles (ordinary cars) will pay an additional P1; Class 2 vehicles (buses and small commercial trucks), additional P2; and Class 3 vehicles (large trucks/trailers), additional P3.
These will increase the current toll rates for Cavitex from P24, P48 and P72 for Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3, respectively.
The add-on toll rates are intended to cover the enhancement of the R-1 expressway, which include the widening of the expressway by adding one lane in both directions, converting the carriageways from 2×3 lanes to 2×4 lanes, or a total of 5.20 kms. on each direction, as well as the construction of the Marina Bay flyover and left-turning lanes.
This enhancement will address the motorists’ demand and resolve the congestion problem on this portion of the MCTEP. The add-on toll rates will help ensure the sustainability and viability of the MCTEP and the comfort and safety of motorists and other users of the MCTEP and all the toll facilities found therein.
The new toll rates for C5-Link and R-1 will be collected upon TRB’s issuance of a notice to start collection.
CIC and the Philippine Reclamation Authority, joint venture partners in MCTEP, separately filed petitions for toll rate adjustments on Oct. 12, 2018, for R-1 expressway and July 2019 for the initial toll rate of the C-5 Link expressway.
TRB’s approval of the new toll fees will allow CIC to recover the P800-million project for the Cavitex road widening and construction of a flyover on the southbound lane which was completed last year, and P1.6 billion for Segment 3A-1.
MCTEP consists of three expressways: R1, C-5 Link and the R1 Expressway Extension including interchanges, traffic lanes, acceleration and deceleration lanes, shoulders, median, laybys, toll plazas, highway signages, streetlights and ancillary facilities.
MPTC also operates the North Luzon and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac expressways.