BEEP™ Cards ready for buses in July
Some good news to commuters out there! Soon, you can also use your Beep cards for buses too, not just trains. In a move that will benefit commuters and may incentivize some people to ditch their car, AF Payments, Inc. the company behind the contactless system, signed an agreement with three bus lines plying routes Trinoma-Makati and SM North EDSA-SM Megamall.
AF Payments, Inc. signed an agreement with three bus companies, Froehlich Tours, HM Transport, and Citylink Coach Services to provide bus services that accept Beep cards as a mode of payment. In Singapore, they practice the same system where they use their MRT cards for buses and the train system in one inter-linked system.
HM Transport will also run a route for commuters in the Airport Loop in Pasay.
Citylink will accept Beep cards for routes plying Eastwood City, Uptown Bonifacio, San Lorenzo Place, McKinley Hill, and Newport City.
While the system is still in the testing phase, the company expects it to roll out in July. Beep cards were used to phase out the old magnetic ticket system used by the train lines.
This will be the first time it will be expanded into buses.
"As soon as we go live, the 1.75 million beep cards in circulation will be accepted on those buses displaying the beep acceptance mark," said CEO Peter Maher. He added that this is a welcome development for commuters who wanted a really convenient system of commuting in the Metro area.
AF Payments is a consortium between Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp.
It bagged the contract P1.72-billion contract for the Automatic Fare Collection System — one of the earliest projects under the government's public-private partnership program.