CIC to permanently close ‘fishbone lanes’ on CAVITEX

The Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) announced on Tuesday that all modular extension booths or “fishbone lanes” on the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) will be permanently closed starting August 15.

According to CIC, the closure of the extension lanes along the expressway is part of its roadmap to convert all cash tollbooths into fully electronic lanes by the end of 2020.

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

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

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,” he added. 

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

The Easytrip RFID sticker is free, and motorists would just have to pay the initial load of P500, which is consumable and non-expiring.

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.

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