Provisional tolls for the use of a stretch of the 45-kilometer long Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CaLaX), identified as the 10.7-kilometer long subsections 6,7 and 8, will be implemented starting Monday (February 8).
Its use was toll-free for three months from October 30 last year.
CaLaX operators MPCALA Holdings Inc., a unit of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), said the Tolls Regulatory Board (TRB) has approved the rates and granted an operating permit.
“The opening of CaLaX subsections 6, 7 and 8 is imperative to reduce traffic congestion in various parts of Laguna specifically Laguna Boulevard and Aguinaldo Highway. It is a viable option for motorists given the growing traffic demands in the area,” said MPCALA Holdings Inc. president and general manager Roberto Bontia.
CaLaX will collect VAT inclusive rates of PHP47 for Class 1 vehicles (ordinary cars), PHP95 for Class 2 vehicles (buses and small commercial trucks) and PHP143 for Class 3 vehicles (large trucks or trailers) from motorists.
“The implementation of the initial base toll rates is necessary to ensure the sustainability and viability of the expressway as a safe and convenient thoroughfare. On our end, our services shall live up to the highest standard for our motorists to experience the convenience of traveling South using CaLaX,” he added.
The 10.7-kilometer stretch has served about 10,000 vehicles daily between SLEX Mamplasan Exit and the new CaLaX Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange in the first three months of its toll-free operations last year from October 30, in time for “Undas” or All Souls Day.
The 45-kilometer CaLaX is a 2×2 lane expressway that will eventually connect the CavitEX in Kawit, Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.
CaLaX has 10 interchanges–Kawit, Open Canal, ProFriends, Governor’s Drive, Silang, Silang East, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Blvd., Technopark, and Mamplasan.
Aside from the CaLaX and CavitEX networks of toll-roads, MPTC’s domestic portfolio includes the concessions for the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the NLEX Connector Road, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu
News source: Philippine News Agency