COMMUTERS will now be able to use their “Beep” cards in select routes of Froehlich Tours, one of the premium point-to-point (P2P) bus systems in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR) starting on Monday, AF Payments Inc. said.
“This is the first time that we’re implementing the Beep system for a premium P2P bus line. We hope that commuters enjoy the convenience using Beep card and the comfort of Froehlich Tours’ modern bus fleet,” said Peter Maher, president and chief executive officer of AF Payments.
This covers the routes Trinoma to Glorietta 5 and back, and SM North EDSA to SM Megamall and back.
The standard fare for the Trinoma-Glorietta 5 route is P55 while that for the SM North-Megamall route is P40.
Froelich Tours Inc. chief executive officer Chris Bauer said the company looks to further improve the commuting experience of its customers by offering a reliable mode of transportation.
It claims travel times have become shorter as buses leave on schedule and travel from the terminal to the drop-off point without stops.
“This partnership with Beep card is significant for us because it is true to our mantra of connecting the city. We’re positive that this will further improve the commuting experience of Froehlich bus riders,” Bauer said.
AF Payments is a consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp. that provides contactless payment solutions.
Its “tap-and-go” payment system, the Beep card, is available for use in all three elevated railways (Light Rail Transit 1, LRT 2, and Metro Rail Transit 3) and select bus lines.
It can be purchased for P20, is reloadable and valid for four years.
In June this year, the Bonifacio Global City Bus and AF Payments rolled out the Beep card system in bus operations plying the route around the financial and lifestyle district of Taguig City (Metro Manila).
The tap-and-go cards may also be reloaded at some 60 Bayad Center outlets around Metro Manila, including branches of Tambunting Pawnshop, Villarica Pawnshop and SM Business Centers.
AF Payments aims to make the Beep card an “all-in-one travel card,” and wants more bus companies to use the system.
Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation is encouraging train commuters to reload their Beep cards in off-site reloading centers to shorten queues in ticketing stations and to reduce commute times.
MRT 3 and LRT lines commuters may reload their cards in 76 sites in Metro Manila, 16 of which are within walking distance (200 meters) from stations.
Since its introduction in April 2016, the off-site ticketing system has generated over 50,000 top-up transactions.
By September, commuters will also have the option to reload in over 1,100 Metro Manila branches of 7-Eleven, Mini Stop and Family Mart convenience stores. This is on top of some 300 more Bayad Center branches that will allow top-up transactions.
The Transportation department is encouraging the more than one million daily train commuters to shift from single-journey tickets to stored value Beep cards. As of June 2016, 45 percent of passengers are still using single-journey tickets, falling in line at the ticket stations every time they ride the train.
The Beep card system, a unified ticketing system, was introduced in October 2015.