In a bid to make commuting more convenient and seamless, LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), in partnership with AF Payments, Inc. (AFPI), announced today the pilot implementation of LRT-1 merchants as new channels for beep™ payment and loading services.
The initiative kicked off with Master Siomai as the launch merchant partner with stalls at the following LRT-1 stations: Baclaran, EDSA, and Balintawak. LRT-1 passengers now have more uses for their beep™ cards and can already use them when buying from Master Siomai. Passengers may also top up their beep™ cards with any load denomination without a convenience fee compared to other beep™ loading partners.
Under this project, LRT-1 merchants will have a portable Standalone Payment and Loading Device allowing them to process loading of beep™ cards and payment transactions without the need for any integration with a Point of Sale (POS) or any external processing system. This promotes faster payment transactions, reduces the need for coins and loose change, promotes accurate and transparent reporting of transactions, and enables handling of less cash for hygienic purposes.
“At LRMC, we believe that safety and convenience go hand in hand. Contactless transactions have become part of the new normal for a safer and more convenient travel experience. We came up with this initiative putting in mind not just our commuters, but also our station merchants which will enable them to create operational efficiencies leading to better customer service,” LRMC Corporate Communications and Customer Relations Head Jacqueline Gorospe said.
“We partnered with LRMC for the beep™ card program in order to promote contactless payment. We also believe that with the beep™ card, we facilitate convenience for riders and encourage more sales and loyalty for both Master Siomai and LRMC,” Big3 Fine Properties, Inc. Owner and Master Siomai Franchisee Angela Hizon shared.
LRMC aims to engage more of its LRT-1 partners in this initiative after the successful launch with Master Siomai and invites other merchants to incorporate in their business for a safer and more convenient experience.
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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.