Cavitex Infra to remove fishbone cash lanes starting August 15

Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. said all modular extension booths along the Manila-Cavite Expressway will no longer serve cash transactions starting August 15 this year. 

The closure of the 10 extension lanes—five on the northbound lane and the other five  at the southbound lane of Parañaque Toll Plaza—is part of a roadmap of  CIC, to convert all cash tollbooths into fully electronic lanes by the end of the year. 

“We are determined to implement 100 percent electronic toll collection to help our government lessen the spread of COVID-19 by means of contactless transactions,” Roberto V. Bontia, CIC president and general manager sad.

“Going fully electronic would ensure physical distancing at our toll lanes, as there would no longer be interactions between motorists and tollbooth cashiers,” he added. 

In addition to contributing to nationwide efforts vs. COVID-19, Bontia said that fully electronic tollroads would improve the economy through fast, safe and seamless movement of people and goods.  

“Once our tollroads are fully electronic, motorists would no longer have to queue at tollbooths to pay. This will result to fast passage through toll lanes,” Bontia said.

As the CAVITEX is set to complete its transition into full electronic by November, motorists are reminded to avail of the Easytrip RFID (radio frequency identification) to avoid any inconvenience.  

The Easytrip RFID sticker is free, and motorists would pay just the initial load of P500, which is consumable and non-expiring. There is also the Easytrip Stick-It-Yourself RFID, an innovation from CIC’s partner, Easytrip Services Corporation.

These products can be purchased 24/7 at Customer Service Centers located before the Northbound and Southbond direction of the CAVITEX before the Paranaque Toll Plaza. These centers also offer RFID reloading services. 

Purchases may also be made online via Shopee Mall.

The CAVITEX is a 14-kilometer expressway along Bacoor Bay, beginning on Roxas Boulevard in Parañaque City and exiting at Bacoor City and Kawit City, Cavite Province. 

Aside from the CAVITEX, CIC and its joint venture partner, the Philippine Reclamation Authority, hold the concession for the 7.70-kilometer Cavitex C5 Link Expressway that runs from R-1 Parañaque City Toll Plaza to C-5 Road in Taguig City.

CIC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, the tollways arm of infrastructure holdings conglomerate, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation.

MPTC also owns the concessions for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, the North Luzon Expresswa, the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway, the NLEX Connector Road, and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway in Cebu.

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