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TRB approves charging of toll in new TPLEX segment

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has approved the collection of fees in the recently opened segment of the P24-billlion Tarlac-Pangasinan-Luzon Expressway (TPLEX).

According to TRB executive director Edmund Reyes, Jr., SMC’s Private Infra Development Corp. (PIDC) could start collecting on March 17 toll for the Carmen to Urdaneta segment of 88.8-kilometer TPLEX.

“In accordance with the Toll Concession Agreement by and among the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the TRB, and PIDC, the pre-accepted toll-rates, inclusive of value added tax, are hereby approved for implementation starting March 17,” said Mr. Reyes.

He said the new rates would cover Segment 6 of the toll road, which stretches from Carmen to Urdaneta in Pangasinan.

Under the approved rates, class 1 users including cars and jeepneys entering La Paz would be charged P30 until Victoria, P58 until Gerona, P79 until Paniqui, P99 until Moncada, P164 until Carmen and P216 until Urdaneta, while class 2 vehicles which include buses and trucks would have to shell out P76 until Victoria, P145 until Gerona, P197 until Paniqui, P247 until Moncada, P410 until Carmen, and P540 until Urdaneta.

Class 3 vehicles with more than two axles, on the other hand, will be charged P91 until Victoria, P175 until Gerona, P237 until Paniqui, P296 until Moncada, P492 until Carmen, and P648 until Urdaneta.

In a statement, SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said: “In terms of construction, we are ahead of schedule. We are on track to delivering the entire length of TPLEX as early as 2015,” he stressed.

TPLEX cuts the travel time from Tarlac to Carmen from two hours to only thirty minutes. Once completed, it will also cut the travel time from Tarlac to La Union to only one hour.

The toll road is one of the many infrastructure projects of SMC. It is seen as a vital road project in Luzon, connecting the central and northern Luzon provinces to Manila and beyond through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

From end-to-end, it will traverse 17 towns and two cities (Tarlac and Uraneta City) across four provinces: Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union and Nueva Ecija. The TPLEX under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) program is being undertaken by the all-Filipino consortium including the Consunji-led DMCI.




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