BEEP cards, the tap-to-pay contactless payment system, may soon be used to pay for premium point-to-point (P2P) bus fares.
Beep card maker AF Payments Inc. (AFPI) announced on Friday that it has entered into partnerships with P2P bus operators.
“Agreements have been reached with Froehlich Tours, HM Transport, and Citylink Coach Services, marking the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp.-led consortium’s first venture into buses serving commuters within Metro Manila,” AFPI said in a statement.
The partnerships 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.
AFPI president and CEO Peter Maher said, “We are delighted to have forged partnerships with leading bus operators to offer the beep card to their riders. This is an important milestone for AF Payments and a welcome development for commuters who have long wished for a truly convenient travel card for journeys within the Metro area.”
At the moment, the group is testing the new system across all partner bus operators. They hope to bring the system online in the very near future.
“As soon as we go live, the 1.75 million beep cards in circulation will be accepted on those buses displaying the beep acceptance mark,” Maher said.
AF Payments is calling on other bus operators in the city to join the service and enjoy the many benefits of cashless ticketing, including considerable savings on operational expenses associated with ticket issuance and fare collection.
The beep card is a tap-and-go payment system accepted in all three elevated railways (LRT 1, 2 and MRT 3). It can be reloaded by as much as P10,000 and is valid for four years.