MALOLOS CITY—Travelling on three expressways operated by the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) will be more fun this Holy week.
This came as MPTC prepared contingency measures to address expected surge in traffic volume, while encouraging sponsors to let motorists taste and experience their products.
This move is a giant leap from the previous years’ usual motorist assistance services like free towing services, deployment of addition patrol enforces and toll tellers, and medical services through provision of ambulance for medical emergencies.
This year, MPTC along with Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), Cavite Infrastructure Corporation (CIC), and Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) in coordination with Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has expanded its yearly motorist assistance called “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot ko” (SMSK).
Co-presented by Caltex Philippines, MNTC is beefing up it deployment of field forces along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX),and the Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).
Rodrigo Franco, president and chief Operating officer of the MNTC said that additional manpower will be deployed at major interchanges along the NLEX especially in Balintawak, Bocaue, Mindanao Avenue, Dau and mabalacat.
At SCTEX, they will deploy additional personnel at Tarlac and Tipo exits.
Franco said they expect traffic to surge by 30 percent or about 60,000 from the daily average of 170,000 vehicles .
He said that traffic surge is expected starting Holy Wednesday until late Maundy Thursday for north bound vehicle along the NLEX.
At SCTEX, he said that the daily average of 24,000 vehicles is also expected to climb by 30 percent.