Beep card reloading now available at Bayad Center outlets
MANILA, Philippines – The contactless tap-and-go beep cards used on Metro Manila's 3 railway lines may now be reloaded at select Bayad Center outlets around the metro.
In a statement on Tuesday, June 7, AF Payments Incorporated announced that it has partnered with Bayad Center to allow commuters to reload their beep cards at select outlets within Bayad Center's payment collection network.
AF Payments is the consortium behind the unified ticketing system used on the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) and Lines 1 and 2 of the Light Rail Transit (LRT). The automated fare collection system went live on the 3 railway networks in the latter half of 2015.
"After the full implementation in all 3 rail lines, our second order of business is expanding our loading network. We are committed to helping commuters save time, and an important part of this is to find convenient loading points outside of the stations. Bayad Center is the perfect starting point because of their huge network, covering virtually all of Metro Manila," AF Payments CEO Peter Maher said.
Commuters may now reload their cards at 60 Bayad Center outlets, strategically located near train stations. These include branches of Tambunting Pawnshop, Villarica Pawnshop, and SM Business Centers.
The full list of outlets offering beep card reloading may be found on http://www.beeptopay.com/.
"The 1.5 million daily train riders are the same people who trust Bayad Center for their bills. With more than 1,000 payment collection sites within Metro Manila alone, we are confident that Bayad Center can help our commuters in their daily grind," Bayad Center CEO Manuel Lorenzo Tuason said.
AF Payments is also eyeing the expansion of the beep card service to cover usage on buses.
Earlier, the company said it has signed partnerships with Froehlich Tours, HM Transport, and Citylink Coach Services to accept payment using the contactless tap-and-go card.
It will cover the following routes: Trinoma to Makati and SM North EDSA to SM Megamall for Froehlich Tours; Airport Loop for HM Transport; and Eastwood City, Uptown Bonifacio, San Lorenzo Place, McKinley Hill, and Newport City for Citylink Coach Services.
The new system is currently being tested across the partner bus operators. Once the system goes live, AF Payments said the 1.75 million beep cards in circulation may be used on buses with the beep acceptance mark. – Rappler.com