2nd tranche of NLEX toll hike approved

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North Luzon Expressway. Photo from NLEX Corp.
  • The Toll Regulatory Board has approved implementation of the second and final tranche of the provisionally approved toll rate adjustments for North Luzon Expressway effective June 4, 2024
  • TRB issued on May 14 the notice to start collection for the second tranche of NLEX operator NLEX Corp.’s consolidated 2018 and 2020 petitions
  • The additional rates are part of the approved periodic adjustments of NLEX due in 2019 and 2021, the first tranche of which was implemented in May 2023

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has approved the second and final tranche of the provisionally approved toll rate adjustments for North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) effective June 4, 2024.

In a statement, the TRB said it issued on May 14 the notice to start collection for the second tranche of NLEX operator NLEX Corp.’s consolidated 2018 and 2020 petitions.

In its letter dated May 22, NLEX Corp. notified TRB it will start collecting the new toll rates on June 4.

Toll expressway users will pay additional toll fees at the NLEX, as follows:

At the open system: (Balintawak/Caloocan/Mindanao Avenue to north of Marilao)

  • ₱5 for Class 1 (regular cars and SUVs), ₱14 Class 2 (buses and small trucks), and ₱17 for Class 3

At the closed system (per kilometer rate): (north of Marilao to Sta. Ines and Subic-Tipo)

  • North of Marilao to Sta. Ines – ₱21 for Class 1, ₱54 for Class 2, and ₱65 for Class 3
  • Subic-Tipo (Segment 7) – ₱2 for Class 1, ₱7 for Class 2, and ₱8 for Class 3
  • End to End: (Balintawak/C3/Mindanao Ave. to Sta. Ines) – additional toll of ₱27 for Class 1, ₱68 for Class 2, and ₱81 for Class 3

The additional rates are part of the approved periodic adjustments of NLEX due in 2019 and 2021, NLEX Corp. said in a separate statement.

The increase was deferred and divided into two tranches to help curb the inflationary strains and ease the impact on the users of the expressway. TRB authorized the implementation of the first tranche or 50% of the approved toll adjustments on May 25, 2023.

From 2018 to 2020, NLEX Corp. said it embarked on numerous infrastructure and enhancement projects to improve motorists’ safety and convenience. Some notable projects completed are the San Fernando northbound exit expansion; Meycauayan northbound and Balintawak southbound drainage enhancements; San Simon and Sta. Rita Bridge retrofitting; Mindanao signalization; Mapulang Lupa pedestrian/tricycle overpass construction; toll system and equipment; and roadway lighting and signage upgrade.

Over the years, NLEX Corp. said it has also invested in major expansion and enhancement projects that are vital to the country’s economic growth and, at the same time, ease the travel of the motoring public as part of its commitment to support the government’s call for the private sector to take part in nation- building.

This year, NLEX opened the new F. Raymundo Exit in Meycauayan and widened the Meycauayan northbound exit ramp as part of its traffic decongestion program.

The tollway company is also set to complete the Candaba Third Viaduct, which will expand the five-kilometer bridge from existing three lanes without shoulders to three lanes with inner and outer shoulders per direction. Being a reliable link between Metro Manila and the provinces in Central and North Luzon, this will further ensure the safe transport of people and unhampered delivery of essential goods and services in the region.

Two major projects, aimed at further decongesting the NLEX mainline, will also start construction this year.

The first two-kilometer section of the NLEX-C5 link from NLEX Mindanao toll plaza to Quirino Highway in Novaliches is set to begin construction by the third quarter of 2024. NLEX Corp. said the construction of this new expressway section will be welcome news for NLEX commuters who currently face daily traffic gridlock in the congested portions of Mindanao Avenue.

READ: NLEX Corp starts NLEX-C5 Link, other key projects for 2024

Another major project is the NLEX San Fernando to SCTEX Spur in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Once completed, expressway road capacity will be expanded from the existing 2×2 lanes to 3×3 lanes in each direction. The project also includes the installation of roadway lighting from NLEX San Fernando all the way to Sta. Ines for added safety and the reconfiguration of Mexico as a full diamond interchange to accommodate the increase in volume of vehicles in the area.