The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) urges senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) to apply for special, discounted beep cards at the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) stations.
This was after application for special cards for senior citizens and PWDs officially opened on August 19 in all LRT-2 stations only. Here, senior citizens and PWDs are granted a 20-percent fare discount.
LRTA spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said that the special beep cards were no different from ordinary beep cards except for a special chip embedded in the special beep card.
“Physical appearance of the [special]cards are not different from the ordinary cards but the personal data of the senior citizen or PWD is embedded in the chip of the card and will appear in the system,” Cabrera said.
At present, special beep card application and issuance is contained in the LRT-2 because installation of new gates for Southbound LRT-1 is still ongoing.
However, since beep card use is unified, it can also be used at the LRT-1.
“Senior citizens and PWDs can now apply for special beep cards in all LRT-2 stations,” the transport official said on his official Twitter account. “It can be used in all LRT-2 and LRT-1 [southbound]stations.”
LRTA earlier said that beep cards are currently available and usable in LRT-2 stations, the cards are only available and usable in southbound stations of the LRT-1.
Beep cards cannot be used at northbound LRT-1 stations. While the LRT-1 southbound stations currently sell both stored value (SV) and single journey (SJ) ticket coupons, LRT-1 northbound stations sell only SJ ticket coupons.
An SJ beep card costs P20, but it can only be used at station where it was purchased. On the other hand, a SV beep card costs P100.
It includes load worth P80 and is valid for four years. It can be reloaded for as low as P12 to as high as P12,000.