Beep cards expand to tollways
MANILA, Philippines – The group behind the contactless tap-and-go beep cards originally for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) is now expanding to tollways, starting with the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX).
On Monday, August 8, AF Payments Incorporated started its limited public trial on accepting beep cards as payment at CAVITEX for the toll fees of Class 1 vehicles. The fee is P24 if exiting in Parañaque, and P64 if in Kawit, Cavite.
The CAVITEX is a 14-kilometer expressway along the coast of Bacoor Bay, south of Roxas Boulevard.
AF Payments said beep cards can be purchased or reloaded at the Parañaque Customer Service Center during the public trial phase.
"We hope that the low cost of the beep card (P20) and the wide network of loading options being developed will appeal to drivers who pass along CAVITEX and are interested in passing the toll gates more quickly," Peter Maher, CEO and president of AF Payments, said in a statement.
In June, AF Payments partnered with Bayad Center to allow commuters to reload their beep cards at select outlets within Bayad Center's payment collection network.
AF Payments is also eyeing the expansion of the beep card service to cover usage on buses.
The company has also signed partnerships with Froehlich Tours, HM Transport, and Citylink Coach Services to accept payments using the contactless tap-and-go card.
It covers the following routes: Trinoma to Makati and SM North EDSA to SM Megamall for Froehlich Tours; Airport Loop for HM Transport; and Eastwood City, Uptown Bonifacio, San Lorenzo Place, McKinley Hill, and Newport City for Citylink Coach Services.
AF Payments said the 1.75 million beep cards in circulation may be used on buses with the beep acceptance mark.
The Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) was a public-private partnership deal bagged by the group of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Ayala Corporation.
It went live on the 3 mass elevated railway systems in Metro Manila in the latter half of 2015. – Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler.com