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Beep card turns 1, hints at future partners

A major convenience store chain will soon start reloading, payment facilities via the beep card system

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AF Payments Inc. (AFPI) celebrated the first anniversary of its tap-and-go beep card this  October, one year since its full implementation in all three elevated rail lines (LRT 1, LRT 2, and MRT 3). The smartcard technology replaced the trains’ old magnetic card-based ticketing system and, for the first time, allowed seamless transfers between rail lines.

beep card / Photo courtesy of beeptopay.com / Manila Bulletin

beep card / Photo courtesy of beeptopay.com / Manila Bulletin

“The past year has been an exciting one for beep, with many challenges and many firsts. We’re grateful to everyone who has been with us in this journey and we’re ready and looking forward to the next,” said Peter Maher, president and CEO of AFPI.

The future looks bright for beep as more partnerships come in. Details are currently under wraps but before the year ends, a major convenience store chain will start implementing reloading and payment facilities via the beep card system.

Following the venture into toll ways with CAVITEX, beep card will also soon be accepted in the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). The system is not live yet but testing is ongoing. Moreover, additional routes of point-to-point bus lines will follow in the coming months.

Since its launch in 2015, 2.5 million beep cards have been sold, accumulating around P3.9 billion in transactions. That equates to 18 million taps in the month of September 2016 from 13 million taps in the month of October last year. AFPI considers this a big jump in usage in just a year as people became more familiar with using the card.

Currently, there are five bus operators with units that accept payment via beep card. These are HM Transport, BGC Bus, Citylink Coach Services, Inc. Froehlich Tours, and RRCG Transport. These partnerships cover the routes Baclaran-NAIA Terminal 3, all routes of the BGC Bus, San Lorenzo-McKinley Hill, McKinley Hill-Guadalupe, Ortigas-Makati, SM North EDSA-SM Megamall, Trinoma-Makati, and Alabang-Makati (and vice-versa).

The beep card is valid for four years and is reloadable at any LRT or MRT station and in over 70 outlets of Bayad Center, Tambunting, Villarica, and SM Bills Payment.

Before the end of 2016, this number will increase to 200.

More information about beep may be obtained at the website <www.beeptopay.com> and on Facebook (beep card) and on Twitter (@beep_card).

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