Megaworld’s CityLink buses to go cashless next month

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Commuters of Citylink buses who travel in various Megaworld integrated urban.

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This beep card will be fully integrated to the unified automated fare collection system on Mass Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines 1 and 2.

The Citylink Coach Services Inc. (Citylink), under Megaworld’s Estate Management, recently signed a partnership with AF Payments Inc. (AFPI) to join the cashless system in public transportation for speed, safety and convenience.

“The primary objective of this cashless payment is to provide Filipino commuters a seamless and convenient traveling experience around Metro Manila. With one beep card, you can now embark on all Citylink buses and light rail transit routes. This is the country’s first and only unified automated fare collection system and we are encouraging other operators to join and do the same,” said Arnie Batac, head of Estate Management, Megaworld.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) earlier said the beep cards also aim to solve the long queues of passengers, especially during rush hours.

“Beep card users will no longer have to line up or pull out their cash in public to pay for the fare. Just tap and you can go to your desired destination,” he said.

Before the end of May, an initial of 18 Citylink buses will be made operational for all beep card users. Each station will have a booth or personnel who will sell stored value cards with Php50 load and they are reloadable in vending machines and beep card partner establishments nationwide, and soon in all concierge of Megaworld’s Lifestyle Malls.

“Even the cashless payment made operational this May, we are still offering cash payment option until passengers can fully adapt to the system. We are providing fliers, orientation and other marketing materials to inform the public. This is how we will improve the commuting experience in Megaworld townships,” Batac said.

Megaworld’s Estate Management had earmarked around P100 million in 2008 for the establishment of CityLink, a public transportation system, to help commuters and recognize the increasing demand for efficient means of transportation from various integrated urban townships.

“Citylink has 19 units that operates 24/7. It caters to around 200,000 BPO workers, residents and visitors of Megaworld townships. Within second quarter of the year, we will add another 19 buses to further minimize the waiting time of commuters,” he said.

The Citylink buses ply around Eastwood City in Quezon City; Uptown Bonifacio and McKinley Hill in Fort Bonifacio; and Newport City with a fare price ranging from P12 to P39.

Megaworld is the country’s leading BPO office developer and landlord with over 150 multinational and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies operating in various townships across the country such as Eastwood City, McKinley Hill, Uptown Bonifacio, as well as The Mactan Newtown in Cebu and Iloilo Business Park in Iloilo.

PNA

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