By Eimor P. Santos | CNN Philippines | December 17, 2015
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – The "tap and go" ticketing system which uses the beep card is “good to go,” the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced on Thursday (December 17).
The new automated fare collection system (AFCS) has reached full system acceptance (FSA), marking the end of its trial period, the DOTC said.
“We have been informed that we are the fastest in the world to achieve FSA, which means the system passed the standards and requirements we have set,” DOTC Secretary Joseph "Jun" Abaya said.
The unified ticketing scheme will now be used in all the three train lines in Metro Manila: the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2 and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3). This will cut queuing time and make transfers from one rail to another seamless, the DOTC explained.
The stored value tickets branded as beep cards were made available for passengers as early as July for LRT-2, August for LRT-1, and October for MRT-3, for a limited public trial.
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The trial period aimed to address glitches in the system, including the contactless beep cards, station computers, gates and vending machines.
As of Monday (December 14), a total of 1,063,022 beep cards have been sold.
DOTC’s vision is for the beep cards to be eventually used in other modes of public transportation such as buses, and for reloading in convenience stores to be possible.