beep(TM) me aboard!

dati, sabi ni GMA, magiging 1 na lang ticketing system ng LRT and MRT. if i remember correctly, “Strong Republic Transit” ang tinawag niya sa sistema na pag-iisahin ang mga mass transit systems at kasama ang ticketing system dun. natanggal na siya’t patapos na ang term ng bagong presidente, ngayon palang nagkakatotoo yung pangako na ‘to.

well, better late than never i guess.

ang convenient kasi ng iisa lang ang hawak mong card/ticket for your travels. hong kong and singapore had these way ahead of us. ngayon, sa bansang 3rd world, nagiging semi-standard na siya sa modern modes of transportation — GreenFrog, COMET — and even fastfood with the HappyPlus Card of Jollibee.

nagkaroon na rin naman ng tap-and-go system sponsored by Globe and KitKat but they never sustained it. di ko alam bakit. maybe dahil sa MRT lang siya? maybe dahil ganoon din naman ang haba ng pila sa turnstile — walang special lane like ECtag sa NLEX? ewan ko. it didn’t fly.

finally, the single ticketing system is on its way in the metro. and i’m one of the early adopters just because i believe in the system, despite its kinks. this is a step in the ways forward, IMO.


yes, i keep my card in a coin purse. seems durable enough. actually, di yun ang unang concern ko eh. i was thinking the metal in the coins might interfere with the tap system when i use it. apparently even with a lot of coins, the turnstile can read the card inside the coin purse with the coins inside. cool!

commuter ka din ba kagaya ko? kamusta ang beep experience?

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