By Emmie V. Abadilla
The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation will collect lower additional flat rates for the expressway sections covered under its Open System to cushion the impact of the recently approved toll adjustments.
This means an increase of only P9 flat fee (not the authorized P10) for Class 1 vehicles (ordinary cars) traversing the Balintawak, Karuhatan, Paso de Blas, Mindanao Avenue, Meycauayan and Marilao sections of the expressway effective today (March 20, 2019).
Class 2 vehicles (buses and small trucks) on the same corridor will only pay an additional P22 (instead of P23) and Class 3 vehicles (large trucks/trailers) will only pay an additional P28 (instead of P29).
NLEX Corporation said the reduced toll increases are already reflected in the recently issued toll fare guide for those motorists traveling the entire NLEX.
For customers’ convenience, the fare guide will also include the combined toll fee computation for both NLEX and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). The SCTEX is not included in the toll rate increase.
The rate increases were approved following the recent opening of the 2×3 lanes, all elevated 5.65 km expressway Harbor Link Segment 10 traversing the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon, and Caloocan.
Two weeks after its opening last 28 February 2019, over 100,000 motorists have benefited from the newly opened expressway from both northbound and southbound directions.
Motorists who have used the Harbor Link Segment 10 have expressed appreciation for the travel convenience brought by the new road.
A private motorist on social media remarked he was “amazed by the five-minute travel from C3 to Karuhatan.” Another netizen tweeted he was delighted about the opening of Segment 10. 25 minutes to Bustos to C3. “It used to take me at least an hour and a half.”
The completion of the Harbor Link Segment 10, which belongs to the Open System, added new routes, exits, and entry points to the system, thus, helping decongest several major traffic chokepoints like A. Bonifacio, EDSA, C3 Caloocan, Karuhatan, MacArthur Highway, and Quezon City.