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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

FREE Toll Fee from SLEX

Here's a good news I just read from Manila Bulletin which I think in way can make a lot of motorists happy during the holiday season.

Southbound motorists will enjoy toll-free use of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) on Christmas and New Year.

As a treat to expressway users, the South Luzon Tollway Corporation (SLTC) will waive collection of the toll for the 36-kilometer expressway from Alabang in Muntinlupa to Sto. Tomas in Batangas from 10 p.m. of December 24 to 6 a.m. of December 25, and from 10 p.m. of December 31 to 6 a.m. of January 1.

The STAR Tollway Corporation (STC) will observe the same toll holiday at the 42-kilometer highway from Sto. Tomas to Balagtas town in Batangas province.

Given the toll holiday, motorists are expected to save P86 at SLEx and P60 at STAR.

Although the Citra Metro Manila Tollway Corporation (CMMTC) will not implement a similar toll holiday for users of South Metro Manila Skyway, it is still letting motorists use the elevated portion of the expressway from Bicutan to Sucat toll free until the Alabang extension is finished by May 2011.

Nevertheless, CMMTC will revert to its P85 toll rate for the use of the elevated Skyway starting December 22.

On the other hand, the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said there will be no toll holiday for users of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

Both MNTC and BCDA have a pending application to implement 11 and 43 percent toll fee increase, respectively, before the Toll Regulatory Board. Target implementation is on January 1 but TRB officials said no decision on the petitions has been made.

The MNTC is seeking an 11 percent toll rate increase from its present rate of P2.13 per kilometer while the BCDA is requesting for 43 percent increase from its current rate of P2 per kilometer.

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