MANILA, Philippines – Commuters traveling on the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) can now use the new contactless tap-and-go beep™ cards on both northbound and southbound directions of the train line.
Previously, only the southbound line of the LRT1 was activated for the new automated fare collection system (AFCS), which uses contactless single journey tickets and stored value cards.
The new unified ticketing system for Metro Manila’s elevated trains began its public trial run on the LRT Line 2 last July, and the southbound LRT1 stations in August.
Passengers traveling northbound, however, had to buy paper tickets to pay for their trips after the LRT1 stopped selling the old magnetic tickets to prepare for the new ticketing scheme.
Pa-south ka man o pa-north, magagamit mo na beep™ sa lahat ng LRT1 stations simula September 20! pic.twitter.com/YMO8cUZ1YW— beep™ card (@beep_card) September 19, 2015
With the new system now fully operational on LRT1, passengers can use the new beep™ cards for their trips.
The stored value cards are sold for P20 ($0.43), and can be loaded and reloaded at tellers’ booths with a minimum of P12 ($0.26) to a maximum of P10,000 ($215.03).
Meanwhile, the unified ticketing system is set to go live on the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) within the first 2 weeks of October.
AF Payments Incorporated, the consortium of Ayala Corporation and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, is behind the P1.7-billion ($36.78-million) public-private partnership project. – Rappler.com
$1 = P46.50