LRT-2 starts pilot test of new ?contactless? ticketing system

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Photo credit: DOTC Photo credit: DOTC [/caption] The new fare system is the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project of the DOTC, the agency said. ?This tap-and-go ticketing system will not only improve the commuting experience for train riders, it will also usher in a culture of cashless transactions across different industries,? noted DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya. ?It is fitting that the first transport PPP introduces new technology into our society, as our goal in DOTC is to modernize the country?s transport systems and catch up with our more advanced neighbors. To get it right, we need to go through testing first, with the goal of getting feedback from our passengers,? he added. The shift to a contactless Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) was envisioned by the DOTC and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) to enable seamless transfers from one metro line to another through a unified ticketing scheme. It also aims to shorten queuing time for passengers. Under the testing phase, a limited number of new single journey and stored value tickets branded as ?beep cards? will initially be sold for P 20.00 at the project?s pilot station in Legarda. Commuters may purchase them at designated windows and at two ticket vending machines (TVM) located inside the station. The new tickets may be used to exit from any LRT-2 station, and may be reloaded at any of these locations as well. The minimum amount that the system requires to be loaded is P 12.00, and the maximum is P 10,000.00. FeaturedImage_LRT_150720_10371 Personnel from AF Payments Inc. (AFPI), the project?s concessionaire, will be present at LRT-2 stations to assist passengers who participate in the testing. They have been conducting a pre-trial information campaign since last week, introducing the new tickets, gates, and TVMs to the 25,000 passengers who use the Legarda station daily. Over the following weeks, AFPI aims to expand the testing phase to other stations of LRT-2, until all of its stations are fully equipped to sell, accept, and process the beep cards. This transition period, however, is also needed to identify any possible bugs in the system and to familiarize passengers with the new system. Thus, DOTC, LRTA, and AFPI personnel will be ready to receive feedback from the public during this testing phase. ]]>

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