AF Payments launches new service

AF Funds Inc., supplier of sign playing cards for contactless digital cost techniques, on Thursday launched a service that permits passengers to buy bus tickets forward of their most well-liked journey date.

The consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp. stated the advance reserving system will first be applied by Davao Metro Shuttle (DMS) on its Metro Manila-Davao route, the longest bus path to date, beginning Jan. 27.

Passengers can buy and rebook tickets prematurely on the Terminal Parañaque Built-in Terminal Alternate (PITX) utilizing their Beep card or by their pre-sale hotline: Davao-PITX (0939-1351349) or PITX-Davao (0981-3313389).

“With our new advance reserving system functionality, AF Funds Inc. expands the checklist of options to repeatedly help the enterprise wants of our companion carriers throughout the nation.

We’re engaged on these improvements to attain our frequent finish purpose of enhancing the passenger commute expertise. We hope to take our expertise to extra routes in 2023 by redoubling our efforts to succeed in companions,” stated Sharon Fong, chief industrial officer of AF Funds Inc.

AF Funds stated it intends to increase the rollout of its cost options on buses and jeepneys to extra provinces this 12 months. It goals to work with transport firms finishing their compliance with the federal government’s PUV (public utility car) modernization program.

At the moment, the pay as you go card, which is utilized in transportation and at choose retail places, may be bought on-line at Shopee, Lazada, and Fb Market. It’s obtainable to be used on LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT, EDSA buses, P2P buses and choose PUVs, toll roads and retail companions. The cardboard is rechargeable and legitimate for 4 years.

DMS, which has been a beep companion since November 2019, operates inter-provincial buses that implement an automatic fare assortment system (AFCS). These are Davao Metropolis-Arakan; Davao Metropolis-Kidapawan; Metropolis Davao Metropolis Butuan; CP Garcia Roxas; Catalan-Roxas; metropolis ​​of Ormoc-Sogod; and Tacloban Metropolis-Calbayog Metropolis. The most recent route – PITX-Ecoland Terminal in Davao Metropolis – was launched in June 2022.

Along with DMS, Annil Transport Service Inc., which operates a route from Davao Metropolis to Calinan, has additionally been a companion of AFCS since February 2020. It has trendy low-floor metropolis buses geared up with surveillance cameras, LCD TVs, leather-based seats, Wi-Fi and world positioning system.

Photograph credit score: Nonie Reyes