Six months after the full implementation of the contactless tap card fare payment system, or ‘beep card’ in the Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit train systems, vendor AF Payments said it will soon record its 100 millionth fare transaction.
“We are glad to see that as commuters have become familiar with the new system, more and more of them are using the beep card to pay for their train rides each month,” said Peter Maher, CEO and President of AF Payments Inc.
AF Payments said that as of March 1.7 million beep cards are activated. The typical beep cardholder loads just over 4 trips to their card. In March, 56 percent of all train fares on LRT1, LRT2, and MRT3 were paid by riders tapping their beep card to enter and exit the stations.
Given the steady increase in the adoption of beep cards since their implementation in October, AF Payments expects that more commuters will maintain their own beep cards.
The reloadable beep card can be purchased for P20, and is valid for 4 years. Beep cards can be purchased at ticket vending machines or over the counter in LRT1, LRT2, and MRT3 stations.
AF Payments’ next priority is to expand the options in terms of reloading the beep card. The company said it is looking to partner with several establishments to make reloading more convenient, including leading payment centers and convenience stores.
Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan in a previous interview said that the company is looking into expanding the coverage of beep card to retail, tollways, and other transportation modes.
Beep card will also be available in the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) Premium Point to Point Bus (P2P) and shuttle buses in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
AF Payments Inc. is a joint venture of the Ayala and First Pacific groups that provides contactless payment solutions.