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Metro Pacific Tollways launches mobility app

Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) on Thursday launched a travel companion mobile application further boosting its foray into digital technology.

At a virtual event, MPTC introduced MPT DriveHub, an app that houses all of the toll road firm’s mobility solutions in one digital platform.

In October last year, the Pangilinan-led tollway operator launched MPT Mobility, a new unit that consolidated all of the company’s non-toll related enterprises to provide mobility solutions harnessing digital technology on its toll roads. 

MPTC president Rodrigo Franco said the company is introducing the app in time for a forecasted increase in expressway traffic this year.

Franco said MPTC is expecting traffic volume to increase by 10% this year and should be “higher” than pre-pandemic levels across its toll roads.

“If there are no travel restrictions, we expect traffic to be higher than 2019 already,” he said, adding that traffic volume in February alone is “exceeding pre-pandemic level already.”

MPT DriveHub features digital tools that allow motorists to manage their RFID accounts, plan their trips and ask for roadside assistance.

With the app, motorists can calculate their toll fees and top up their RFID accounts, check the nearest pitstops for dining, gas-ups and bathroom breaks. It also houses an in-app function for emergencies.

“This is just the beginning for MPT DriveHub. We are actively developing the app to introduce more services in the future such as e-wallets, motorists’ marketplace, and electric vehicle charging locator map to equip our motorists with more solutions that will further enhance and delight their journeys,” MPT Mobility vice president for Business Development Mark Richmund De Leon said.

Available for iOS and Android devices starting March 1, MPT DriveHub will be available for RFID users of MPTC’s network of expressway, namely North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX), and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).

MPT DriveHub will also be available for use in the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).

MPT DriveHub is part of MPTC’s “revitalized vision of becoming a premier mobility enabler” through digital transformation.

“As the largest tollway builder and operator in the Philippines, we recognize that we have a huge role to play in improving mobility in the country, which can be addressed through digital innovations like MPT DriveHub," MPTC chief digital and information officer Carlo Cagalingan said.

"Innovation is ingrained in the DNA of MPTC and we are committed to continuous progress and transformation in order to provide easier, safer, and better travels for everyone,” he added.—LDF, GMA News