Still don’t have a Beep card? If you’re a regular on the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) new EDSA Busway system, you’re going to need one before October 1, 2020.
In a statement, the DOTr reminded commuters that the EDSA Busway system will shift to a completely cashless payment system beginning next month. Starting October 1, the only accepted form of payment will be via Beep cards. All this is part of an agency initiative to minimize contact on public transportation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We want to ensure that commuters along EDSA will have a safer and comfortable travel, while at the same time providing them a more seamless and efficient system of public transport,” DOTr assistant secretary for road transport and infrastructure Steve Pastor said.
“This will also complement other safety and health protocols already enforced by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on PUVs, such as the required social distancing, and mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields to board.”
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) head Martin Delgra, meanwhile, is reminding commuters to buy and load Beep cards as early as now to avoid future inconvenience.
“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,” Delgra stressed.
“We are envisioning that even more public transport vehicles adopt digital transactions means, either through QR codes, online payments, or tying up with cashless payment providers such as Beep.”
Beep stored value cards are used on the LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3, and by point-to-point buses and modern public utility vehicles. What’s more, these cards can be loaded at FamilyMart and Ministop convenience stores and Bayad Centers.
Contactless payments may get some taking used to, but there’s no denying it’s the safer way to go about exchanging money during this pandemic. Agree?