For all of you not aware, the C5 South Link Project or the Cavitex-C5 Link flyover has been made and opened to the pubic since July of this year. Since its opening up to to now, the toll is free for all vehicle types and classifications. However, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) gave an OK to the initial toll collection from motorists who would be using the aforementioned expressway starting on the 24th of October.
Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway
If you have been living under a rock, chances are, you won’t be aware of what the Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway is and how it affected the people’s travels from the Southern part of Luzon to C5 and the Metro.
To give you a brief insight on what it is, the Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway is the 2.2 kilometer (km) project that has been serving the public since July of this year. From the day it has operated, it was able to meet its target in serving the daily vehicle volume of 8,000 vehicles.
Since then, it has been a big help in decongesting bottlenecks and both major and minor choke points during peak and rush hours. This new link was able to ease the infamous traffic of EDSA, the SLEX, the Sales Interchange near the Villamor Airbase, and the East/West Service Roads.
How much would be the fees for the toll collection?
According to the TRB, the new toll rates that would be in effect on the 24th would be:
- Class 1 vehicles (cars) – P22.00
- Class 2 vehicles (mini vans and buses) – P44.00
- Class 3 vehicles (large trucks and trailers) – P66.00
Bobby Bontia, Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. (CIC) President said that the approval of the toll collection would be helping the operations and maintenance of the Cavitex-C5 Link. Moreover, they would be continuously working for the completion of the next 5.5 kilometer part of the Cavitex-C5 Link which would be a grand positive change in terms of transportation within the Metro.
TRB’s approval to collect toll will help us in the operations and maintenance of the 2.2-kilometers now being used by motorists. We will continue to work on the next 5.5 kilometers of the Cavitex-C5 Link starting this November. A better and more efficient road network awaits motorists and residents of neighboring cities when the full 7.7-kilometer C5 Link Expressway is completed.”
Yes, in all, an expressway that would be 7.7 kilometers in total would be helping motorists and residents of neighboring and adjacent cities with ease in terms of transportation.
7.7-kilometer Link Expressway
According to the consortium, the entire 7.7-kilometer alignment would be able to appropriately service 50,000 vehicles on a daily basis. This would then allow motorists to travel smoothly along the southern part of the Metro from the Cavitex Paranaque Toll Plaza, Pasay, Las Piñas, up to C5 in Taguig City in under ten (10) minutes.
The usual two (2) to three (3) hour ride that would require motorists to pass through EDSA will no longer be have to be worked on; upon the completion of the 7.7-kilometer link expressway, motorists and vehicles would safely be able to traverse the south going to C5 in a matter of minutes.
Agreed Add-on Toll Rate
In addition to the approved toll collection rates, the TRB also agreed for the Phase 1 of the Segment 1 enhancement of the Manila Cavite Expressway Project. This, is in lie with the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the CIC which they filed together.
What this basically means is that on October 24, 2019, the expressway would be allowed to collect the add-on rates of P25 (class 1 vehicles), P50, (class 2 vehicles), and P75 (class 3 vehicles).
Bondia said that the CIC was eager in investing on the improvement and enhancement of their services for the betterment of the experience of the motorists.
Cavitex has heavily invested to improve and enhance the services to its motorists, so this is a very important development for us. CIC has been investing on the upkeep and improvement of Cavitex to prevent deterioration of the expressway and maintain its high-quality standards since we started our operations.”
Are you a frequent traveler of the south corridor of the Metro? Do you traverse the aforementioned south establishments above? If so, then the completion of the first (1st) phase of the Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway might just be the complement you need for a better, a smoother drive.