The government will mandate commuters to use the beep card for cashless payments at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and public utility buses of the Edsa Busway system starting October 1.
This is in line with government initiatives to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus associated with cash-handling in public transport.
Starting this Thursday, PITX will strictly implement the “No Beep card, No ride” policy for more seamless and faster transactions at the terminal, as it will improve and trim down queuing time.
Using the beep card, the fare is deducted from the card upon tapping at fare collection machines. This system is also used in Metro Manila’s three elevated railways – Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines 1 and 2 and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 – and by a number of point-to-point buses and modern public utility vehicles (PUV) nationwide.
“This will also complement other safety and health protocols already enforced by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on PUVs, such as the required social distancing, and mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields to board,” said Steve Pastor, Department of Transportation (DOTr) assistant secretary for road transport and infrastructure.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is urging Edsa Busway patrons to purchase their beep cards and put load in the cards to avoid inconveniences in payment once the automated fare collection system is implemented.
“As we are removing other potential health risks, we also want to limit the time spent in queues and lines that come with having to do cash payments,” said Martin Delgra, LTFRB chairman.