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    AIRPORT EXPRESS Vehicles headed to the airport and vice-versa can now use the newly completed section of the elevated expressway that connects Macapagal Avenue and Pagcor Entertainment City to NAIA terminals 1 and 2. The tollway is expected to cut travel time by at least 60 percent. The government expects 40,000 to 80,000 vehicles to use the expressway daily. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

    AIRPORT EXPRESS Vehicles headed to the airport and vice-versa can now use the newly completed section of the elevated expressway that connects Macapagal Avenue and Pagcor Entertainment City to NAIA terminals 1 and 2. The tollway is expected to cut travel time by at least 60 percent. The government expects 40,000 to 80,000 vehicles to use the expressway daily. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

    AFTER nearly a year of delay, the government and the infrastructure arm of San Miguel Corp. opened on Thursday a portion of the Ninoy Aquino International Expressway (NAIAx) that connects airport terminals to the Metro Manila Skyway and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard on the Manila Bay reclamation area.

    As a treat to motorists, they won’t be charged toll fees for a month, officials said.

    “Our countrymen will now feel the benefit of having faster and more direct access to NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 3,” San Miguel President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said in a statement, as he thanked national and local government offices and various barangay (villages) affected by the project.

    The project is actually Phase 2, with the existing Phase 1 connecting the Skyway to NAIA Terminal 3 and Resorts World Manila.

    NAIAx Phase 2 has two phases, and Phase 1 connecting Macapagal Boulevard near the Entertainment City to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2 was opened Thursday.

    Phase 2, including the portion linking to Terminal 3, will be opened to the public before the end of the year.

    Costing P17.9 billion ($385.2 million), NAIAx Phase 2 consists of a four-lane, 7.75-kilometer elevated expressway and a 2.22-kilometer at-grade road, traversing Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Parañaque River, MIA Road and Macapagal Boulevard.

    The Department of Public Works and Highways said NAIAx would benefit 80,000 motorists daily by significantly reducing average travel time between the Skyway and NAIA Terminal 1 to 8 minutes from 24 minutes.

    San Miguel expects the project to ease traffic congestion in surrounding cities, and support economic growth in southern Metro Manila.

    The project was awarded to San Miguel subsidiary Vertex Tollways Development, Inc., with DM Consunji Inc. as civil works contractor.

    The project covers a 30-year concession period starting from road construction. Toll fees for the first two years of operation have been pegged at P35 to P45 ($0.75 to $0.97), with adjustments allowed every two years.

    The project, among the previous Aquino administration’s big-ticket public-private partnership projects, suffered delays as a result of difficulties in acquiring right of way and the transfer of water, telecommunications and power infrastructure on its path.

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    1. I still wonder why the LRT ends at Baclaren, when it was clearly designed to finish at the airport, which can be seen from the station. Surely as in most other countries, getting people out of their cars should be the aim. Also (current problems aside) trains to airports are far more reliable and quicker.

    2. Another lack of study and waste of money project! These roads will be filled by cars in no time and to no surprise would be a stand still by December. The better alternative to skyway, flyover, tunnels is to build an elevated railway or subway if budget permits ( simply combine the funds used in these stupid projects) from NAIA to Makati – BGC – Libis – QC circle. Just look at SG Changi Airport. It is start from the airport linking all key areas in Singapore thereby implementing long time planning and mass transport. People there don’t find the need to buy their own vehicles.

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