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DOTr is looking at further cashless payment options for public transportation.

To strengthen the foundation of the nation’s public transportation system even further, the Department of Transit (DOTr) aims to increase cashless payment in public transportation through various payment methods like bank cards and mobile phones.

According to a press release from the DOTr on Tuesday, these payment methods include the use of near-field communications (NFC) technology in mobile devices like smartwatches, credit and debit cards, and rapid response (QR) codes for mobile wallet applications.

It stated that these payment options might be utilized on trains, buses, and contemporary jeepneys.

It stated that the introduction of AFCS technology in the mass transit system “expands the fare media the public can use while enabling a secure payment method, increased passenger convenience, and helps lower card-issue and administrative costs for transit operators.”

Through its partnership with Landbank of the Philippines (Landbank) and the use of their Europay-Mastercard-Visa (EMV)-enabled bank cards in contemporary jeepneys, it claimed that new payment methods would expand the DOTr’s current efforts on using an automatic fare collection system (AFCS) for public transportation.

The project’s pilot production testing began on September 1 at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

The complete AFCS will be tested under “real-time operational settings,” according to the initiative, along with its interoperability with the nation’s mass transit system.

Additionally, it would set up end-to-end AFCS processing and aid in easing the public towards utilizing bank cards that are EMV compliant to pay for fares.

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