In its bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, the government has decided to implement cashless transactions in public transportation. To do this, they have implemented a “No Beep Card, No Ride” policy in buses that are traveling along EDSA, which is in addition to the MRT and LRT lines that have been using the said cards for the past few years.
While this new setup sounds promising, commuters were surprised to find out that they have to pay more than P100 to purchase a Beep card, in case they previously did not have a card. As such, some commuters, and even public officials, have criticized that the card is an added expense to commuters—of which some are daily wage earners.
Now, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) says they will suspend the automatic fare collection system if AFPI, the company that produces the Beep cards, will not waive the fee for the card itself. This has in turn confused everyone and the public has been continuously asking questions regarding the implementation of the automatic fare collection system.
So, to help you understand the situation better, My Pope lists some of the most frequently asked questions about the Beep card use and application. (Read: Your Ultimate Guide Before You Visit Boracay, Baguio, or Rizal Park)
Beep Card System: Frequently Asked Questions
What do we initially pay for?
Commuters will have to pay P180 initially—P80 for the card itself, and P100 for the load. The DOTr is working to find a feasible agreement with AFPI to make the cards free so the public will only have to pay for the load.
Where can we use the Beep cards?
You can use the said beep cards in buses in EDSA Busway and MRT and LRT lines. A different Beep card—called BeepRide—will be used for e-Jeepneys.
What is the difference between BeepRide and Beep cards?
Beep cards are solely for buses and trains. On the other hand, BeepRide cards are for e-Jeepneys. BeepRide cards cost P150 initially—P100 for the card, and P50 for the load.
Is there a maintaining balance for the card?
Yes, there is a P65 maintaining balance for the Beep card. This means that for a card to be usable, it should always have at least P65 worth of load.
How long can Beep cards be used?
Beep cards have a validity of four years from the date of purchase or 50,000 transactions, whichever comes first.