Update: CALAX to begin charging toll fees on February 11*

*Toll collection was initially scheduled to take effect on February 10
by Leandre Grecia | Feb 6, 2020
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It’s been more than three months since the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) first opened the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX). Since then, motorists down south have been enjoying free passage through the tollway. That will soon change, however, as the MPTC will begin collecting toll fees on February 11, 2020.

“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,” said MPCALA Holdings president Roberto Bontia.

The toll rates for the initial 10km segment of CALAX are as follows: P47 for Class 1 vehicles (ordinary cars), P95 for Class 2 vehicles (buses and small commercial trucks), and P143 for Class 3 vehicles (large trucks or trailers). Electronic toll collection will also be available, and motorists with Easytrip RFIDs installed on their vehicles can enjoy easier transit. In case you missed it, tollway operators have waived requirements for RFID registration and installation, so you might want to check that out here if you use CALAX often.

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What the MPTC hasn’t confirmed yet as of this writing is when the entry and exit points between the Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road and Mamplasan interchanges will be opened. Nevertheless, the tollway really is starting to take shape—one quick drive through it will show you just that.

Do you frequently travel on this southern tollway? What do you think about these most recent developments?

NOTE: As per the MPTC’s latest announcement, the start of the toll collection has been moved from February 10, 2020, to February 11, 2020.  The necessary edits have already been applied to this article.

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