Heads up, commuters: The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has just announced that the Beep stored value card issuance fee for Metro Manila’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train lines has been raised to P30. Look:
The new fee kicked in on January 1, 2020. A Beep card’s initial load is separate from the issuance fee and must not be less than a rail line’s minimum fare. That’s P12 for the LRT-1 and LRT-2, and P13 for the MRT-3. Prior to the announcement, the issuance fee of the Beep card was P20 only.
This move is in accordance with the DOTr’s concession agreement with AF Payments Inc. (AFPI), the company behind the LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3’s unified automated fare collection system. The Beep card for the three rail lines was first issued in 2015.
Over the course of 2019, Metro Manila’s rail system saw its fair share of highs and lows. In June last year, the DOTr announced all three rail lines would begin offering students free rides during select hours on weekdays. But just months lates, LRT-2 operations took a major hit after a fire at its Katipunan and Anonas Stations.
How will the higher Beep card issuance fee affect your commute? Do you think this added cost is justified? Let us know in the comments.