MCX | Complete Guide to the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway
MXC and Expressways in the Philippines
Expressways are infrastructures built to reduce a motorist’s costs, time, fuel, and energy by connecting two or more places with a highway. MCX is one of them. These are characterized by their notable controlled entrance and exit points, as well as the dividing strips between opposing lanes. It ensures a smooth, safe, and convenient for motorists.
The Philippines has several expressways, some of the popular ones being the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). These expressways connect the country’s capital to the provinces of Central Luzon and CALABARZON regions respectively. There is also the newest expressway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX), which links the airport to the skyway. Other expressways include the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX). However, there is one expressway that has caught our attention, the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway, or shortly referred to as the MCX.
What is the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway | MCX?
The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX), formerly known as Daang Hari–SLEX Link Road, was established in 2015. It is the first Public-Private Partnership Project under the administration of the late former president Benigno Aquino III. This project holds a significant part in the development of our country, as public-private partnerships are all about delivering the right services to the country’s people.
Logo of the MCX Tollway | Photo from MCX Website
Features of the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway
The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway is signed as E2 of the Philippine Expressway Network. It has a 4-kilometer main road that connects to suburban towns of Cavite to Metro Manila. It has a 4-lane expanse that lessens the vehicle congestion on the nearby roads and avenues, mainly Daang-Hari Road and Commerce Avenue. These driveways usually had a queueing time of more than 1 hour, which made it a very time-consuming. The expressway avoids these kinds of busy routes in the Alabang business district, making it much more efficient, especially for those from Bacoor, Imus, Molino, and General Trias. The MCX became a great way to let motorists save much more time and fuel.
The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway Lanes | Photo Courtesy of Public-Private Partnerships Center
Route Description of the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway
Entrance and Exit Points
The expressway has opening roads to key industrial zones, with its main entrance and exit at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Daang Hari Road. The SLEX entrance of the expressway consists of a T-interchange near Susana Heights, located in Muntinlupa City. On the other hand, the exit is a roundabout with Daang Hari, Daang Reyna, and Biazong Road.
Toll Gate at one of the Entry/Exit Points of the MCX | Photo Courtesy of Public-Private Partnerships Center
The road following the entrance is slightly curved, parallel to the Magdaong River. The Magdaong River is a stream that stretches all the way from Rizal and serves as the boundary between two barangays in Muntinlupa, Barangay Poblacion and Tunasan.
Map of the MCX
Below is a map of the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway provided by Schadow1 Expeditions to guide you when taking the expressway. The high-resolution image can be foundhere.
High-Resolution Image of the MCX Map | Photo Courtesy of Schadow1 Expeditions
Toll Fees of MCX
Toll fees are unavoidable to maintain the operations and management of any expressway. At the toll barrier of the MCX, the fees are assigned according to the vehicle’s class. All toll rates of the expressway already include an 12% Value Added Tax. A guide to calculate the fees per class are listed below:
Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys
Buses, Light Trucks
Toll Gates of the MCX | Photo Courtesy of Public-Private Partnerships Center
The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway implements both cash and cashless methods for its toll booths. Cashless methods of payment are done through the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) System, which consists of the Autosweep RFID. This uses RFID Technology, and is highly encouraged, especially during this pandemic. This collection system is much more efficient and is currently being used in other expressways as well, such as the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX).
Establishments Nearby the MCX
Establishments Near the Entrance of the Expressway
The entrance of the expressway is an interchange located on the South Luzon Expressway. This is the Muntinlupa part of the expressway. The nearby Susana Heights Access Road is another driveway that could reach even more areas within the Muntinlupa area. Some notable areas nearby the vicinity of the entrance is the Pepsi Cola Plant located in Tunasan, Muntinlupa.
View of MCX Westward from its Interchange with South Luzon Expressway at the MCX Entry/Exit | Photo Courtesy of Wikiwand
Establishments Along MCX
Although the main purpose of the expressway is to connect the two cities at their ends, an exit can be found part-way. This exit is located at Poblacion, Muntinlupa. T
Southville 3 (750 meters)
The vicinity of Southville 3 is also located near the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway. An education institution, Southville High School, is located approximately 750 meters away from the same exit point of the expressway. A 10-minute drive is sufficient for a vehicle exiting the expressway to reach the educational institution. Talk about fast!
Bureau of Corrections Firing Range (650 meters)
Another notable establishment near the expressway is the Bureau of Corrections Firing Range, or shorty known as BUCOR Firing Range. The sport facility is located on Insular Prison Road, Muntinlupa City. It is approximately 650 meters away from the nearest exit point and would take around an 8-minute drive to reach the facility.
The Bureau of Correction Firing Range | Photo Courtesy of Juncatz 05
Establishments Near the Exit of MCX
Cavite awaits the opposite end of the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway. A Caltex Gas station is located near the exit of the expressway, just before the roundabout exit at Daang Hari, Daang Reyna, and Biazon Road. Be sure to get your tanks ready since there’s a lot that awaits you over ahead!
Exit Gate of the MCX | Photo Courtesy of Public-Private Partnerships Center
Evia Lifestyle Center
The shopping lifestyle center dubbed as the “Crown Jewel of the South” is located insanely close to the MCX exit. Evia Lifestyle Center is located on Daang Hari, only a few meters away from the roundabout exit of the expressway. The establishment is home to numerous businesses ranging from clothing to the most luxurious restaurants – you’ll find an activity perfect for you. Not to mention its most aesthetically pleasing architecture, the center is a sight truly for the eyes.
A Glimpse Inside the Evia Lifestyle Center | Photo Courtesy of Evia Center-Vista City
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Palazzo Verde boasts its most elegant estate that remains the most sought-after wedding and events venue in the metro. Serving world-class service, Palazzo Verde is a magical place you’ll want to be in once you’ve laid your eyes on it. A shining gem in the south, the venue is located on Daang Reyna – just a few more meters after the Evia Football field when coming from the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.
Exquisite Display of Class at the Palazzo Verde Venue | Photo Courtesy of Palazzo Verde
Portofino is an award-winning flagship development project of Brittany – the Philippines’ lead luxury real estate developer. Housing only the most elegant luxury homes in Daang Hari, Portofino is a world-class luxury house and lot. A picture-perfect description of the most beautiful houses in the Philippines, the Italian architecture Portofino boasts makes one lost in the vicinity.
The Breath-takingly Beautiful Scenery at Portofino
Portofino Alabang is composed of three enclaves, namely: Portofino Heights, Portofino South, and Amore. The enclaves are 75 hectares, 50 hectares, and 35 hectares wide respectively. Each enclave is located near the other, and of course, is located near the expressway as well. The MCX is located in between Portofino South and Portofino Heights – you’ll be able to reach any of the enclaves in no time.
Beautiful Houses Found in Amore, Portofino’s Latest Enclave
The comfort brought by Portofino is unlike any other. Portofino ensures that you’ll be at your best with its pools and courts found in every enclave, along with numerous other amenities. Security is not taken lightly either. With the highest level of security and 24/7 roving patrol, the safety of the homeowners is priority. Who says you can’t have both a beautiful and relaxing yet safe place to comfortably live in?
One of the Amenities Offered at Portofino – the Clubhouse
Looking for properties for sale or luxury homes in Daang Hari? Portofino Alabang is the best option you will find. It is one of the few estates that houses mansions in the Philippines. The perfect lifestyle awaits you in the luxury homes of Portofino Alabang. Check out the full details of our top-of-the-notch propertieshere.
Michelangelo – One of the House Designs and Architecture Found in Portofino
Road Infrastructures Near Vista Alabang and MCX
Want to know more about other road infrastructures near Vista Alabang? Here’s some infrastructures other than the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway to help you out:
Villar Avenue is an exclusive road accessible only to Vista Land communities in Vista Alabang. It is a 4-lane national highway that connects Las Pinas and Bacoor, Cavite. The avenue greatly helps relieve traffic from nearby areas such as Daang Hari and Molino, Bacoor, Cavite.
View from the Daang Hari Interchange Entrance/Exit Point of the Villar Avenue | Photo Courtesy of Google Maps
The River Drive is a whopping 25-kilometer diversion road with 4-lane access from Zapote, Las Pinas, and MCX to CAVITEX. This project can shorten greatly the travel time it takes for motorists from CAVITEX to MCX. The new travel time is estimated to be 25 minutes.
If the existing road infrastructures aren’t enough for you, there’s still a whole lot of other projects currently ongoing that will make it even more convenient for you to travel around!
Entrance to the River Drive At the Entrance/Exit Point at Chesa Street | Photo Courtesy of Google Maps
Skyway Stage 3
Skyway Stage 3 is a planned 18-kilometer elevated skyway to link NLEX AND SLEX. This Stage 3 aims to cut the travel time between the two major expressways to approximately 30 minutes. The Skyway Stage 3 is currently formally open to the public. Vista Alabang is very accessible to this road infrastructure via the MCX to the Skyway Extension Susana Heights Northbound Ramp.
The Wide Skyway Stage 3 Project | Photo Courtesy of San Miguel Corporation
Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX)
An insanely long 44-kilometer-high speed road network that is expected to lessen congestion on several other road infrastructures nearby its path, such as Governor’s Drive, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, and Aguinaldo Highway. The expressway aims to half the travel time from CAVITEX to SLEX from 90 minutes down to 45 minutes. As of July 25,2021, Laguna is 100% complete while Cavite is 5.66% complete. The expressway is expected to finish in 2022.
The Sta. Rosa Ramp of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway | Photo Courtesy of Public-Private Partnership Center