Mini loop routes ng city buses, ipinatupad na ng DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   June 29, 2020   •   480

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MANILA, Philippines – Umarangkada na ngayong Lunes, Hunyo 29 ang mini loop routes ng city buses para makatulong sa pagbiyahe ng mga commuter.

Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), dalawa ang mini loop routes na binuksan ngayong araw: ang Monumento – MRT Quezon Avenue Station at PITX – Ayala Avenue.

Ang rutang Timog-Santolan naman ay sa Miyerkules, July 1 pa magsisimula.

Nakadugtong ang mga rutang ito sa bus augmentation ng Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 na bumibiyahe sa EDSA sa pagitan ng North Avenue at Taft Avenue na binuksan ng DOTr noong June 1 kasabay ng paglipat ng Metro Manila sa general community quarantine.

“Marami kasi tayong mga commuter o mga pasahero na nag-express ng kanilang concern na wala silang masakyan from Monumento going to North Avenue or Quezon Avenue. Gayundin y’ong mga galing ng PITX papunta ng Ayala. So, ‘yon ang in-adress natin ngayon,” ani DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran.

Ayon sa kagawaran, 30 public bus units ang nakatalaga sa mga nabanggit na ruta.

Tiniyak naman ng DOTr na araw-araw ang gagawing assessment para matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga commuter.

Alinsunod sa direktiba ng Inter-Agency Task Force, gradual o unti-unti ang pagbabalik ng operasyon ng mga pampublikong sasakyan. Una nang pinayagan ang limitadong operasyon sa itinakdang ruta ng point-to-point buses, transport network vehicle services at public utility buses. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DOTr looking for other value card service providers

Robie de Guzman   •   October 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said it is now looking for other automated fare collection system providers following the suspension of the mandatory use of Beep cards in the EDSA Busway.

The DOTr said it wants value card service providers that can give value cards to passengers in lower price or free of charge.

The value cards should also be interoperable or can be used in other forms of public transport.

According to Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has met with other service providers to discuss proposals about the implementation of cashless transactions.

“Yung direction ni Secretary Tugade dito at ng DOTr yung cashless transactions should be able to operate on an integrated manner and it should be inter-operable before the end of this year. So, that is the target,” she said.

“Ang sabi ni Secretary Tugade there should be no monopoly and we need to open the automated fare collection system to all providers but they should be able to integrate and operate the system for free,” she added.

Aside from value cards, the DOTr is also looking into the use of QR code-based electronic ticketing system on the EDSA Busway.

The suspension of the mandatory use of Beep cards came after its provider, AF Payments Inc. refused the DOTr’s request to cut the fee of Beep cards alone.

The AF Payments Inc., however, offered to give away 125,000 Beep cards free of charge to commuters who cannot afford one.

The DOTr welcomed the move but it still insists that the value cards should be given for free.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in a public address late Monday night, said the Beep cards should be provided for free, adding that he will look for resources to fund the subsidized cards. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

125,000 Beep cards to be given away free to EDSA Busway commuters

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2020

AF Payments Inc. (AFPI), the operator of Beep card, will be giving away 125,000 free cards to EDSA Busway commuters who cannot afford one.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr), in a statement, lauded AFPI for its decision to give commuters free Beep cards until a QR-based electronic ticketing system becomes operational.

“We thank AFPI for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and for considering the plight of our commuters who have just started to rebuild back their lives after a series of strict quarantine measures that put pressure both on their social lives and livelihoods. For them, every centavo counts,” the statement read.

The decision comes after the suspension of the ‘No Beep Card, No Entry’ policy which was first implemented last October 1.

Meanwhile, the Transportation Department said they are also reviewing the possible implementation of the QR code-based electronic ticketing system on the EDSA Busway.

“With the use of a smartphone app and/or through online, passengers of vessels can now buy virtual tickets. As this is a contactless technology, commuters are best assured of proper social distancing needed to prevent transmission of the coronavirus,” the DOTr said. AAC

Transport group questions ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2020

A transport group is questioning the ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy which mandates commuters to have their own beep card with a secured maintaining balance to use the EDSA Busway.

Laban Konsyumer appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to suspend the policy until the end of the year. The group’s president Vic Dimaguiba said the department should first clarify the policy, especially when purchasing the cards and maintaining balance.

Iyon po kasing sinasabi na kailangan may remaining balance na 65 pesos that’s a new policy. Ang pinaka-mahalaga po pag-aralan nila ay class ng consumer na gagamit ng beep card sa mga buses (What they say about having the remaining balance of 65 pesos, that’s a new policy. The most important thing they need to review is the class of consumers using beep cards in buses),” he said.

The Chief Commercial Officer of the AF Payments Inc. Sharon Fong, said the maintaining balance is needed in order for operators not to have income losses.

Imagine this scenario if we do not do that and iyong pasahero pays for the lowest fare and ita-tap niya lang is 10 pesos and he took the farthest fare malulugi naman po ang operators (Imagine this scenario if we do not do that and the passenger pays for the lowest fare and only tapped 10 pesos and he took the farthest fare, the operators will sustain losses),” she said.

Meanwhile, the DOTr clarified the difference between Beep Cards and cards used in Beep Rides. In a statement, the DOTr said Beep Cards are used in EDSA Busways, MRT, and LRT while Beep Ride Cards are used in modern jeepneys.

“What that PUV operator is selling is different from the Beep Card (Not Beep Rides Card) being used at the EDSA Busway / MRT / LRT. The actual beep card is interoperable with MRT and LRT. Beep Rides is a totally different company offering AFCS and has totally nothing to do with Beep by AF Payments,” the statement reads. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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