LRT 'tap and go' ticketing system delayed

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(CNN Philippines) — Implementation of the new Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) at the LRT will be delayed for a month as the 'tap and go' ticketing system is still being tested at all stations.

Atty. Hernando Cabrera, spokesperson of the Light Rail Transit Authority, told CNN Philippines' Headline News anchor Amelyn Veloso on Tuesday (May 26) that the new system is expected to go live by June.

"Well I was talking to the Ticket Department officer last night, and the latest objective is that for [LRT-1] it will be end of June and for [LRT-2] it will be by the middle of June," Cabrera said.

"Originally, it was, for [LRT-2], middle of May. But I think there were some problems on the part of the contractor so they moved it."

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AF Payments Inc., a consortium led by Ayala Corporation and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, said in a statement on Monday (May 25) that it is still conducting end-to-end testing of the new system to ensure operational readiness.

The system will use contactless smart card technology through AFI's beepTM card, which will replace the old magnetic tickets.

It is projected that the two LRT lines and the MRT-3 will fully transition to the new system by September.