MNTC unveils state-of-art SCTEx traffic control room

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    (MNTC AVP Glenn G. Campos (left) joins other guests at the new TCR (L-R) NLEx Road Warriors Coach Yeng Guiao, COO Raul L. Ignacio, president Rod Franco, TRB Assec. Bert Suansing, Dan Concepcion representing Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan and CCTV supplier Dereck Ramsey. Photo by Ashley Manabat)

    MABALACAT CITY – A state-of-the-art traffic control room (TCR) at the Toll Operations Center Building (TOCB) in Barangay Dolores here monitoring the entire length of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) was unveiled on Wednesday by executives of the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC).

    The SCTEx TCR features a central traffic management system that monitors real-time traffic in key areas of the 94-kilometer expressway including its 15 toll plazas from Tarlac to Tipo on a 24/7 basis.

    “This ensures the safety and convenience of motorists since rescue and assistance will not be far-fetched,” said Rodrigo E. Franco, president and CEO of MNTC which is the concessionaire of the SCTEx.

    “Part of our commitment to our motorists is to keep a close watch on our expressways because we want to make sure that they are safe and comfortable during their travel,” he added.

    “With 104 CCTVs installed in various locations at the SCTEx and 15 monitors mounted inside the TCR, SCTEx patrol vehicles can respond faster to motorists who may need assistance,” said Glenn G. Campos, MNTC AVP for technology and operations management.

    “A modernize TCR allows our patrol officers to properly respond to accidents and other emergencies within 20 minutes,” he said.

    During the program, Campos gave a power point presentation showing the improvements and the enhanced works completed at the SCTEx, among them are the integration of its toll collection system with the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx); the rehabilitation of 31 toll booths, 10 maxi booths and 12 pantry booths; the installation of 27 lane status indicators and 47 LED floodlights in the toll canopies; the rehabilitation of the TOCB; and the construction of two additional rest stops at the Clark north and Clark south toll plazas.

    MNTC took over the operations and maintenance of SCTEx in October 2015 and made the integration to the NLEx a few months after, in time for the observance of the Holy Week in 2016.

    Fr. Felicito Sison led the blessing of the new TCR at the TOCB of the SCTEx.

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