Are you still using cash when riding the new EDSA Busway System? Well, it's time to switch to a Beep card after the Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), announced that all public utility buses (PUBs) of the EDSA Busway System will implement a fully cashless transaction system starting October 1, 2020.
With the implementation of this new system, cash will no longer be accepted. Instead, only Beep cards will be accepted as a mode of payment.
According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Steve Pastor, the switch to a cashless system will help protect riders and reduce the chance of coronavirus spreading through the use of public transport.
“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. This will also complement other safety and health protocols already enforced by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on PUVs, such as the required social distancing, and mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields to board,” said Pastor.
With the implementation happening just two days away, better get your Beep card and load them up now. Doing so will help avoid any inconveniences in payment once the automated fare collection system is implemented on October 1. Aside from the EDSA Busway, the card can also be used on LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3, point-to-point buses (P2P), and select modern public utility vehicles (PUVs).
Concerned about where to load your Beep card? You may do so at any LRT or MRT station, FamilyMart and Ministop branches, Bayad Center and their affiliates, or via Over-the-Air (OTA) loading partners such as BPI, Eon by Unibank, Akulaku, and Justpayto.