LRTA announces increase in issuance fee for Beep cards

Robie de Guzman   •   January 2, 2020   •   858

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Thursday announced that the issuance fee for a Stored Value Ticket or Beep card will now cost P30.

“Please be informed that the Card Issuance Fee for Stored Value Tickets (Beep Card) will increase from P20.00 to P30.00 starting January 1, 2020,” the LRTA said in an advisory.

The LRTA explained the fee increase was pursuant to the concession agreement entered by the government and the tap-and-go transport system operator, AF Payments Inc.

“This is in compliance with Section 16.5.b of the Concession Agreement between the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and AF Payments Inc. (AFPI) regarding the Card Issuance Fee charged for Stored Value Tickets,” it said.

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Beep cards are reloadable cards used for fare payments in Metro Manila’s Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT). It is also used in paying fares on modern city buses, as well as for toll exits and in various retail establishments.

Beep cards were introduced to the public in 2015 in an aim to offer convenience and replace the magnetic card-based system used in fare payments.

LRT-2 eyes deployment of additional trains by April

Robie de Guzman   •   March 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is looking to have more operational trains at the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) by next month or just in time for the opening of the LRT-2 East Extension project.

“We are fast-tracking the restoration of the three trainsets to augment the existing operational trains of Line 2 and to reduce the current 14-minute headway to nine minutes,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The Department of Transportation earlier announced that two additional stations of the LRT-2 East Extension project – Marikina Station (in front of the Sta. Lucia mall and Robinsons) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag) – will start operations on April 27.

The two new stations will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back, with travel time expected to be cut down to just around 40 minutes.

Last March 5, Berroya conducted a random inspection of the ongoing installation of train propulsion system and train monitoring system on three trainsets at LRT-2 Depot Maintenance Area.

LRT-2 maintenance provider AMSCO JV (joint venture of APT Global Inc., MultiScan Corporation, and Opus Land, Inc.) and manufacturer Woojin Industrial Systems Co, Ltd started the installation of the said systems last March 3, 2021.

Berroya said that fielding more trains will result in the accommodation of more than 20,000 passengers daily in addition to the current average daily ridership of 40,000.

“As train occupancy of passengers is regulated during this time of pandemic with passenger safety as our top priority, deploying additional trains will certainly help us cut the travel time of our commuters,” he said

“With the commitment provided by our maintenance provider, manufacturer, and the LRTA, we expect to have eight trainsets and ten trainsets by 2nd quarter and 3rd quarter of 2021, respectively,” he added.

Berroya also stressed that other down trains are set to be rehabilitated and new trainsets are planned to be procured for the LRT-2 East and West Extension Projects.

LRT-2 temporarily suspends ops after fire incident at Santolan station

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) on Thursday announced it has temporarily suspended operations following a fire incident at the Santolan station.

In an advisory, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said a UPS or Uninterrupted Power Supply at the station caught fire on Thursday morning.

“LRT-2 has temporarily suspended operations following a fire incident at Santolan this morning caused by burnt UPS,” the LRTA said.

“Investigation and intervention ongoing,” it added.

Initial report said the fire incident took place around 5 a.m. and lasted for less than an hour.

“Operations will immediately resume after verifying that no other system (equipment) has been affected,” it said.

LTFRB orders removal of card fees for stored value cards in PUVs

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), through Memorandum Circular 2020-057, ordered all automated fare collection system (AFCS) providers to remove card fees for stored-value cards used in public utility vehicles (PUVs).

“The Board hereby directs all Public Utility operators and/or Automatic Fare Collection Systems (AFCS) to remove any charges or fees imposed for the purchase/use of their cards on top of the fare load,” the memorandum said covering all buses, modern jeepneys and taxis among others.

The measure was in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call following complaints from passengers of the EDSA Busway System over ‘expensive’ Beep cards at P80.00.

Failure to comply with the directive would incur them fines or suspension.

“Failure  of the concerned operator and/or provider to comply with this issuance shall cause for the immediate suspension of the automatic fare collection system, aside from the penalties to be imposed pursuant to existing issuances of this Board against the operators concern,” the memorandum stressed.

Beep card operator AF Payments Incorporated said it has not received a copy of the memorandum just yet and discussions are still ongoing on the matter.

But at Monumento station in Caloocan, purchase of Beep cards has been suspended and only the fare loading service is allowed.

The agency will have the Memorandum Circular printed and published in major newspapers and the directive will be in effect starting October 9.

Still, the ‘No Beep card, No Ride’ policy remains suspended at EDSA Busway system. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

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