The new toll rates for the Cavitex (Cavite Expressway)-C5 Link Expressway and the add-on toll for Phase 1 of Segment 1 (R1 Expressway) Enhancement, both part of the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway Project (MCTEP), will be introduced on October 24.
The provisional initial toll rates for Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway are as follows: P22 for class 1 Vehicles (cars), P44 for class 2 vehicles (minivans and buses), and P66 for class 3 vehicles (large trucks and trailers).
For the add-on toll, motorists traversing the R-1 Expressway (from Seaside to Zapote) will pay these additional amounts based on the new toll fee matrix: Class 1 vehicles (ordinary cars) will pay an additional P1; Class 2 vehicles (buses and small commercial trucks), an additional P2; and Class 3 vehicles (large trucks/trailers), an additional P3. This means toll rates for the 7-kilometer Cavitex Segment 1 (R1) will be P25, P50, and P75, respectively.
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) recently approved the petitions separately filed by concessionaire Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) and the Philippine Reclamation Authority, which are joint venture partners for MCTEP, for the add-on toll on October 12, 2018 and for the initial toll on July 4, 2019. These petitions were processed jointly by the TRB.
The first 2.2 kilometers of Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway opened last July 22, 2019. Since the segment’s opening, CIC said it has served its target daily vehicle volume of 8,000 and has helped decongest major chokepoints during peak hours on Sales Interchange near Villamor Airbase, SLEX, East and West Service Roads, and EDSA.
“TRB’s approval to collect toll is a welcome development, this will help us in the operations and maintenance of the 2.2-kilometers now being used by motorists,” CIC president Bobby Bontia said in a statement.
CIC will continue to work on the next 5.5 kilometers of the Cavitex-C5 Link starting this November, he added. “A better and more efficient road network awaits motorists and residents of neighboring cities when the full 7.7-kilometer C5 Link Expressway is completed.”
Once completed, the entire alignment is forecast to serve 50,000 vehicles daily, allowing motorists to experience the ease of traveling along the south corridor of Metro Manila from Cavitex Parañaque Toll Plaza, Las Piñas, and Pasay up to C5 in Taguig City in under 10 minutes.
“CAVITEX has heavily invested to improve and enhance the services for its motorists, so this is a very important development for us, to be able to keep on delivering our promise of high quality and safe expressway,” said Bontia.
He also underscored that “CIC has been investing in the upkeep and improvement of Cavitex to prevent deterioration of the expressway and maintain its high-quality standards since we started our operations.”
CIC’s holding company Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) took over the CIC concession in 2013 and a year after, undertook a road resurfacing project for the R1 segment to give motorists a better experience, he further said.
CIC also continues to work on a P1.1-billion enhancement plan for Cavitex, phase 1 of which is the P800-million widening of lanes and construction of a left-turn facility at the Marina flyover, which opened December 2018. Construction is also ongoing for phase 2 of the P300-million widening of bridges in Wawa, Las Piñas, and in Parañaque, with the project expected to be finished by May 2020.