LRT-2 passengers can reload their Beep cards electronically starting Monday after e-loading stations were installed at all LRT-2 stations as part of efforts to fast-track cashless transactions during the pandemic.
AF Payments Inc., the operator of the Beep card, installed e-loading stations which enables passengers to use digital wallets and banking apps to load credit into their cards. This new method is in compliance with the directive of the Department of Transportation to provide cashless transaction options in mass transport systems.
Users can purchase load digitally and update their card at the e-loading station instead of queueing at the ticket vending machine, which still requires physical cash handling.
“Apart from the strict implementation of safety measures to beat COVID-19, this project initiated by LRTA and AF Payments Inc. aims to provide safer and seamless ticket transaction to the commuting public,”Light Rail Transit Authority Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said.
Passengers can find 1 Beep e-load station at low foot-traffic stations and 2 stations for busier stations like Araneta Center-Cubao and Recto stations.
This new method of over-the-air loading is available on the BPI mobile app, Paymaya, EON by Unionbank, Akulaku, JustPay, and Load to Beep, which is an SMS service.
“Our passengers have already adjusted to the new normal. This new method of loading is easy, safe and convenient especially to those already accustomed to online transactions. By simply texting and tapping, passengers may easily use the Stored Value Updater machines,” Berroya explained.
Starting July, the LRT-2 began selling tickets and loading cards solely through ticket vending machines to lessen contact between passengers and staff. The Passengers Assistance Office with staff remained open to issue cards or address any issues with the machines.