The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is thinking of expanding its cashless payment project in public transportation by adding other payment methods like QR codes using mobile phones and bank cards.
DOTr is planning to add QR codes for mobile wallet applications like GCash and Maya, and credit and debit cards from local and foreign banks. The agency is also thinking of utilizing NFC technology found on smartphones and smartwatches.
These new payment methods will be implemented on buses, modern jeepneys, and trains. All of these are part of the Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) project.
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In a statement, the DOTr said that the AFCS will expand the fare media that public commuters can use. Along with it is the benefit of having a secure payment system, bringing convenience to passengers, plus, decreasing the card-related issues and management costs that transit operators shoulder.
The AFCS is a DOTr project that was done in partnership with the Landbank of the Philippines and the bank’s EMV-powered bank cards.
AFCS’ pilot testing started last September 1 at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). The testing will verify AFCS under “real-time operating conditions” and to see if it fits with the local transit system.