Amid public outrage and calls from local officials, cash payment lanes will be reopened at the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) alongside lanes that use the radio frequency identification (RFID) system.
“Ibabalik natin ang cash lane… magtatalaga na tayo ng cash lanes, halimbawa sa Balintawak toll plaza ‘yun pong malalaki maglalagay ulit tayo ng cash lane doon (We will return the cash lane….we will set up the cash lanes, like in the Balintawak toll plaza, the big tollgates, we will place cash lanes there),”Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) chief communications officer Romulo Quimbo said in a television interview.
MPTC owns NLEX Corp. that operates the NLEX. It is controlled by Manny Pangilinan.
“Napag alaman namin kahapon na ito rin ang gusto ng Office of the President at MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (We also learned this is what the Office of the President and the MMDA wanted),” Quimbo said.
MPTC is the concession holder of NLEX, Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAEX), Cebu Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), and the NLEX Connector.
The return of cash lanes at the NLEX also came after the League of Municipalities of Bulacan urged the return of such amid the heavy traffic at the north expressway.
Also, the Valenzuela City government earlier this week suspended the business permit of NLEX Corp. amid the horrendous traffic jams at the NLEX tollgates that the city hosts. SOVEREIGNPH