Metro Pacific unit rolls out new toll system
Taking his cue from fellow bilyonaryo Ramon S. Ang, who recently compelled motorists using the South Luzon Expressway to use the RFID instead of the ePass, bilyonaryo Manuel V. Pangilinan will soon require those going to Northern Luzon and Cavite to convert to a new automated toll system.
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. president and CEO Rodrigo Franco said the company will roll out the new contactless automated fare collection system at the North Luzon Expressway and the Manila-Cavite Expressway in the second quarter.
AF Payments Inc., a consortium led by Ayala Corp. and MPIC, which won the P1.72-billion contract for the new fare collection system, would provide the device for the rollout of beep card at NLEX and Cavitex.
According to the company, the new system uses contactless smart card technology to upgrade and integrate the ticketing infrastructure for the country’s major railways, including the government’s Light Rail Transit Line 1 and 2 and private sector-led Metro Rail Transit Line 3.
The beep card supposedly uses a more powerful chip-based system and will serve as an electronic payment solution for day-to-day payments.
MNTC has already completed the P650-million NLEx-SCTEx integration project involving the conversion of NLEx and Subic-Clark-Tarlax Expressway toll collection systems into a single one.
The project reduces toll collection stops to two, instead of five from Balintawak to Subic and back, and four from Balintawak to Tarlac and back.
MNTC also constructed seven new toll plazas to unify the system of NLEx and SCTEx.