Have you noticed a buildup of traffic along some parts of the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) since Metro Manila shifted back to general community quarantine? If your answer is yes, you’ll be happy to know expressway management is making changes to adapt.
One lane of the Parañaque Toll Plaza will now serve as a pass-through lane for southbound motorists. The new traffic scheme will be in effect from 5am in the morning to 9pm at night, and cars who utilize the lane will instead pay P89 at the Kawit Toll Plaza.
CAVITEX has also opened its Pacific Drive entry point, which will now serve as an alternate route onto the expressway for motorists coming from Roxas Boulevard and Macapagal Boulevard.
“Ever since Metro Manila and nearby areas were opened for economic activity, there has been a surge in the number of vehicles plying the CAVITEX,” Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) president Roberto Bontia said in a statement. “This scheme is intended to ease the evening traffic, before the Parañaque toll Plaza.”
Expressway management is also reminding everyone to get their Easytrip RFIDs before the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) full implementation of contactless transaction requirements on November 2, 2020. In case you aren’t aware, the DOTr issued Department Order No. 2020-012 several weeks ago to address the COVID-19 pandemic. It requires cashless payment along all of the country’s expressways.
“To address the COVID-19 pandemic, the TRB shall ensure that concessionaires and operators shall install electronic tags or other cashless systems, such as, but not limited to, RFID, Automated Fare Collection System (ACFS), etc. for all motorists and motor vehicles using the toll expressways and transact only thru the cashless mode of payment of toll not later than 2 November 2020,” a section of the document reads.
To sum it up, there’s a new pass-through lane at the Parañaque Toll Plaza, a new entry point into CAVITEX, and you’ll need an RFID tag on your car before November 2, 2020. Drive safe out there.