Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) plans to expand the capacity of automated fare collection to accommodate as much as 800 buses in the next twelve months.

“We are now collecting from rail to buses. We started last year from point-to-point. Within the next 12 months we will increase that to 800,” MPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Ma. K. Lim told reporters in a briefing in Makati City.

the infrastructure conglomerate, through subsidiary AF Payments Inc., holds the automated fare collection system franchise which introduced the Beep card.

The card was first launched for the Light Rail Transit Line 2 in July 2016, and Line 1 on August 16. It was then implemented in the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 on October 3, 2016.

After the mass rail transit systems, the ticketing service was introduced to point-to-point (P2P) buses and the Bonifacio Global City bus.

“We have identified potential buses … We have now improved capability to do just P2P but based on kilometers travelled,” Lim said.

“A few bus lines have agreed to pilot test , and if it works,” he said. — VDS, GMA News

01 March 2017
By Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas