Traffic and holiday rush

“ONCE again we find ourselves enmeshed in the holiday season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall.

“We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it
led them to a parking space.”

This quotable quote from humor columnist Dave Barry captures the atmosphere of Christmas Season in any metropolis worldwide.

But the genuine bane in the holiday season  is the  traffic jam that prevents us from reaching our destination on time, burning expensive fuel and wasting away precious time without going anywhere.

We can thank our lucky stars there are caring entities like the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) who gave us the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) who gave us the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

Together, the NLEX and the SCTEX gave us seamless travel from Metro Manila to Olongapo City or Tarlac City and vice versa, meaning hassle-free journey for over 200 kilometers.

Times like these, people travel a lot, and traffic jams are the last things they will need to spoil the fun.

With the NLEX-SCTEX linkup, a pleasant, enjoyable and speedy journey is guaranteed.

This is no empty promise because, personally, I went through this exhilarating experience every single time I went to Zambales or Baguio City in the North.

These two believably world-class tollways effectively cut travel time by about two hours.

To some people, time saved translates into something they can take to the bank.

There’s more in MNTC’s package of road projects.

At  present,  the  Department of Public Works and Highways is evaluating an MNTC proposal to build a mostly elevated tollway linking the NLEX to the South Luzon Expressway via the Skyway which starts at Buendia Avenue in Makati City.

As envisioned, this proposed tollway will cut across Metro Manila, southbound travelers from the North to avoid the perennial traffic jams in the metropolis.

If the MNTC master plan is fully implemented, we’ll be joining the ranks of the so-called super cities of the world.

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