In just four months, at least one million beep cards were sold in Metro light rail lines.
“We are delighted that rail commuters in Metro Manila have taken so readily to the new beep card. Today, beep cards are already used to pay for more than 50 percent of all rail transactions on LRT 1, LRT2 and MRT 3,” said Peter Maher, chief executive of AF Payments, as quoted in an InterAksyon‘s report. AF Payments is the partner of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in the project.
The use of beep cards was first implemented in the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-1 on July 20. The cards replaced the magnetic tickets, which were used by passengers for a long time. Using the beep cards, authorities believe, will make the fare payment process more convenient. The LRT-2 followed on August 16, then the Metro Rail Transit-3 on October 3.
Beep card to be used outside train stations?
Meanwhile, AF Payments is now shifting its sights to provide a convenient payment system even outside the rails; to make beep card a part of every Filipino’s life.
“Having launched the service to rail commuters, the company is now shifting its sights to provide a convenient payment system even outside the rails. We are working hard to meet the challenge of delivering one card that works efficiently across many transport and retail categories in Metro Manila,” Maher said.
The company is currently in talks with other transport and retail operators for the use of the cards as a payment option; similar to Hong Kong’s Octopus card.
“To be able to do this, we are working on getting more establishments to accept the card for top-ups and payment transactions. We believe that this is the future of paying and we are looking forward to see how Filipinos and beep will grow together,” noted Maher.