SafeTrip Mo, Sagot Ko
After last year’s successful launch of the best motorist assistance program dubbed “SafeTrip Mo Sagot Ko” (SMSK), the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), in cooperation with the Toll Regulatory Board and Caltex, is once again staging its Holy Week enhanced traffic management and hassle-free travel system to motorists traversing the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), a first for the Kawit-bound southern highway.
At the heart of SMSK are the numerous assistance services provided to motorists that guarantee a gratifying experience while using NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX. The program will commence on March 27 (Holy Wednesday) until March 31 (Easter Sunday).
Tollway service facilities strategically located along NLEX and SCTEX campsites will host the plethora of amenities to ensure end-to-end travel convenience. Holidaymakers can expect free calls and wi-fi access courtesy of SMART and Sun Cellular, and complimentary water and refreshments from Maynilad and Mirinda Powder Fun Mix. Belo sun protection products will be handed out as well.
NLEX and SCTEX campsites will also station first aid teams in the facilities, offer free towing services (to the nearest exit) for Class 1 vehicles, and provide 24-hour mechanic support to address any kind of emergency situation that may arise both for the motorists and the automobiles they drive. On the other hand, motorists headed for CAVITEX can take advantage of its Emergency Motorist Roadside Assistance stationed in strategic areas along the expressway to provide free medical services on-site. CAVITEX will also provide free communications and wi-fi access in Caltex service stations, and hauling and mechanical services for Class 1 vehicles.
To deal with traffic issues, Tollways Management Corporation (TMC), operator of NLEX and SCTEX, will deploy extra toll personnel at the Balintawak, Mindanao Avenue, Bocaue, and Dau plazas to boost manpower while spare lanes will be opened during the height of the Holy Week exodus. Vehicular volume is presumed to increase by 15 to 20 percent from the daily average of 160,000 in NLEX and 24,000 in SCTEX, culminating on March 27 (Holy Wednesday) and March 28 (Maundy Thursday), and on March 30 (Black Saturday) and March 31 (Easter Sunday) when travelers are bound back to Manila. Additional toll tellers/collectors, security personnel and traffic officers/marshals will also be deployed at CAVITEX to meet the expected increase in traffic volume during the Holy Week. Emergency response teams and equipment will be on alert and stand-by 24/7.
This is in addition to NLEX’s Easytrip Hassle-Free Summer promo that similarly aims to decrease toll congestion through tags that carry out cashless transactions. Furthermore, NLEX and SCTEX traffic personnel are extending their hours to help ease traffic flow. Additional traffic enforcers will be deployed starting March 22 until April 1 to oversee traffic and take necessary measures in case of build up while enhanced roving patrol teams are on deck to ensure public safety.
To get the latest traffic situation in NLEX, motorists can check the automated North Luzon Integrated Guide and Travel Advisory (NLigtas) on www.tollways.net.ph, the NLEX-SCTEX Twitter account @Nlextraffic, and the NLEX-SCTEX Facebook page “Travel On Great Roads”. CAVITEX motorists can visit Facebook page “caviteXpressway” or Twitter account @caviteXpressway for real-time traffic updates. Motorists may also call the 24/7 hotlines (02) 580-8910, (02) 3-5000 for NLEX, 0920-9672839 for SCTEX, and (02) 8254004 and 0942-8CAVITX (228489) for CAVITEX related concerns.
Reference: NLEX-SCTEX: Francisco Dagohoy / Contact Nos. 5808900/0918-407029
CAVITEX: Arlette Capistrano / Contact Nos. 3811997/0999-8846510/09173546547