TMC beefs up manpower at NLEx

    MALOLOS CITY—North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) managers mapped out a two-week plan as they brace for increased volume of traffic due to holiday rush starting Saturday.

    This developed as the Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) advised motorists to plan their trips ahead, while they beef up their manpower to ensure safe and smooth travel along the NLEx, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), and the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEx).

    “We have fielded additional 50 tellers at the Balintawak interchange starting Saturday,” said Lia Manalac, TMC media relations specialist.

    This is due to expected increase of motorists heading north for the holidays.

    Average daily volume of motorists using the NLEX is 140,000 per day, and according to Manalac, this is expected to reach over 150,000 per day starting December 19 until December 23.

    Along with additional tellers, the TMC will also deploy more patrol vehicles along the expressway to ensure that immediate assistance will be given to all travelers.

    Trained tollways personnel will also be on guard against untoward incident that may happen in the expressway.

    Ambulances with paramedics will be posted near the Balintawak, Sta. Rita and San Fernando interchanges, while towing services will be provided by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) who are on call in strategic locations for faster assistance.

    In preparation for the New Year celebration, Manalac said they will set-up cones at the exit ramps of the Bocaue toll plaza on December 29, 30 and 31.

    She said that this is in preparation for increase vehicle volume going to Bocaue to buy firecrackers.

    After the holidays, the TMC said they will deploy addition ambulant tellers at Dau and Bocaue interchanges to ensure fast transaction for motorists traveling back to Manila starting January 2 to 3, 2010.


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