• LRT1 starts trial run for beep cards


    STARTING August 16, 2015, riders of Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT1) can use the reloadable beep cards.

    However, for the dry run, the contactless train cards can only be used for southbound destinations (from Roosevelt to Baclaran). The blue cards will replace the Stored Value Cards that were gradually phased out by LRT.

    Rail commuters still have the option to buy single journey tickets.

    Last week, the Light Railway Transit Authority announced that it will stop selling magnetic cards for LRT-1 stations beginning August 8. Holders of the magnetic stored value cards were given until August 15 to get a refund of the amount remaining in their tickets. Those who will be unable to get refunds can have the remaining amount transferred to the new beep cards.

    AF Payments Inc. started selling the beep cards on August 10 at 7 LRT1 stations — Roosevelt, Doroteo Jose, Central, EDSA, Gil Puyat, Monumento and Baclaran. The cards can be purchased for P100 (with P80 load) from beep promo personnel. Officials said 15,000 cards were sold from August 10 to 11.

    “We encourage commuters who regularly use LRT-1 and are interested in trying out the new system to purchase their beep cards during the pre-selling period so they don’t have to line up to buy their cards on August 16,” AF Payments Inc. (AFPI) Chief Executive Officer Peter Maher said. The AFPI is the partner of the Department of Transportation and Communications in implementing the single ticketing system.

    Pre-loaded beep cards will also be sold beginning August 17 at the Unibersidad de Manila, Philippine Normal University, Technical University of the Philippines, Masagana Building and Victory Mall.

    The beep cards can also be used in LRT 2.

    “We hope to minimize any inconvenience to the public during the trial and transition to the new system on LRT-1 (Southbound) which is planned to be completed within a matter of weeks. We appreciate the public’s patience during this period,” Maher said.

    “After August 15, cash refund will no longer be accommodated. However, any unused credit in an old magnetic SVC may be transferred to the new beep card beginning August 16,” LRTA spokesperson, Atty. Hernando Cabrera said.

    “This may only be done in the LRT-1 Central Station Teller’s Booth,” Cabrera added.
    Light Rail Transit Line 1 will begin public trial of AFCS starting August 16.

    AF Payments Inc. and LRTA on Thursday announced the start of a Public Trial on the Southbound direction of LRT-1 on August 16.


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