Lawmaker suggests beep card system for public buses to solve EDSA traffic

Lawmaker suggests beep card system for public buses to solve EDSA traffic

- A lawmaker proposed to implement a beep card system for buses on EDSA

- Samar Rep. Edgar Sarmiento called for the modernization of the fare system

- He added that it could lessen the traffic along EDSA

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House transportation committee chairman Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento suggested using an electronic card (e-card) or beep card system for public buses to solve the traffic along EDSA.

KAMI learned that Sarmiento emphasized that the fare system must be modernized as well to lessen the time in collecting bus fares.

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In a report by the GMA News (author Erwin Colcol), Sarmiento proposed that the government should create a multi-purpose tap card that could be used for other government agencies as well.

"Currently they are just thinking at a plain ID. It's a waste of resources. Why not make it multi-purpose? Make it as a tap card. Make it function like a credit card or an ATM card and you can load money on it so you can use it as a tap card. You can use it as SSS, Pag-Ibig, and Philhealth card," Sarmiento said.

"Because of current multiple operators, its cost-inefficient to have that tap card system in place. If we have consolidated operations, then we will have enough volume to have that system," he added.

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In a previous report by KAMI, many netizens criticized the yellow bus lane policy implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on EDSA.

A Quezon City court has already issued a preliminary injunction to suspend the ban of provincial buses along EDSA.

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