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125,000 free beep cards to be given away for EDSA commuters

 Around 125,000 beep cards to be given away for free to EDSA Busway commuters.

"We thank AFPI for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and for considering the plight of our commuters who have just started to rebuild back their lives after a series of strict quarantine measures that put pressure both on their social lives and livelihoods. For them, every centavo counts," the Department of Transportation (DOTr) statement read. 

The decision came after the mandatory use of beep cards for the EDSA Busway had been suspended by the Department of Transportation (DOTr). President Rodrigo Roa Duterte also echoed his sentiment against the imposition of additional charges for public transportation using beep cards, "citing the expensive costs sustained by commuters amid the pandemic." 

The company however said that it will no longer issue free Beep cards once the QR code ticket system is in place.

“At this time passengers who do not want a beep card can instead avail of a QR ticket, with no additional cost attached and will only require the payment of exact fare between the desired stops.”

Many public transport users complained about the sudden implementation of cashless payments in buses because Beep cards were being for P180 each —  P100 for the card itself and P80 for the initial load.

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