AF Payments has announced that Citylink buses plying Newport City-Eastwood City and vice-versa are now accepting payment via beep card. This is the first distance-based fare implementation of the smartcard in buses, thereby applying the “tap in, tap out” scheme.
Passengers are required to tap their beep card twice — once upon getting on the bus and again before alighting — so the card reader can compute for the correct fare. To avoid errors, beep card holders must always make sure they have the minimum required load. For this route, it’s P39.
“We’ll be implementing this scheme in most of our upcoming bus partnerships,” said Tere Ancheta, spokesperson for AF Payments Inc.
The buses are equipped with global positioning system (GPS) to determine the precise station a passenger gets in and alights. Citylink’s C5 route buses operate from Mondays to Saturdays, with the earliest bus leaving at 6 a.m. They carry about 1,500 passengers everyday on weekdays.
The beep card may be purchased at any LRT or MRT station or select partner establishments. It is reloadable and is valid for four years. Reloading can now be done at FamilyMart outlets and also at branches of Bayad Center, SM Bills Payment, Villarica, and Tambunting.