NLEX-SCTEX Integration sped up Holy Week traffic
The integration of the NLEX and SCTEX helped manage the significant increase in the volume of vehicles that plied the two expressways, the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) reported.
MNTC said motorists experienced light to moderate traffic flow in the whole stretch of NLEX-SCTEX, except for the peak Holy Week traffic days, March 24 and 27 when traffic hit 275,000 and 260,000, respectively.
MNTC traffic data show vehicle entries during the Holy Week in NLEX-SCTEX rose to almost 275,000 from close to 263,000 in 2015.
“Travel to the North Luzon was a breeze this year with the integration of NLEX and SCTEX into one seamless road network. The decreased number of toll plaza stops to two made travel to the north faster and more convenient for motorists,” said MNTC president Rodrigo Franco.
The NLEX-SCTEX Integration involves the conversion of NLEX and SCTEX toll collection systems into a single system, reduces toll collection stops to two instead of five from Balintawak to Subic and back, instead of four from Balintawak to Tarlac and back.
The integration also introduced other payment option at SCTEX since it now features electronic toll collection through Easytrip.
“This was the first Holy Week that we had the NLEX and SCTEX integrated, more system improvements are on the way to further provide comfort and convenience to motorists,” said Franco.
Aside from the integration of the two expressways, MNTC also attributed the manageable traffic flow to the efficient traffic schemes.
“On Maundy Thursday, we implemented counter flow in San Simon to address the traffic build-up caused by high volume of vehicles going to the provinces,” explained Franco, adding that “additional toll collection points at Bocaue Toll Plaza were in place on Black Saturday and Easter Sunday to accommodate motorists returning to Manila.”
The MNTC president also said that the increased visibility and prompt response of NLEX-SCTEX patrol crews were significant in easing the traffic flow during this period, as distressed motorists were immediately attended and minor vehicular accidents were swiftly cleared.
MNTC also sent out extensive traffic advisories to print, broadcast and online media to guide motorists in planning their trips.
The “Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko” motorist assistance program has helped deliver quality customer service with the free services offered such as free drinking water, free calls and Wi-Fi, free towing and mechanic services, and free first aid treatments.