Vallacar Transit Inc. will launch its first Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) at the Ceres Liner North Terminal in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City, on June 14.
The pilot route for the AFCS will be Bacolod to Victorias. The collection system is a cashless, contactless, and efficient way of collecting fares from the passengers, a VTI press release said.
DOTr Secretary, Arthur Tugade, DOTr Assistant Secretary, Mark Steven Pastor, LTFRB Chairman, Martin Delgra and Regional Director Richard Osmeña will join the launching.
According to the DOTr, the Automated Fare Collection System aims to improve urban public transportation by providing a payment option to the riding public. This program is created to ensure interoperability and mutual trust among the passengers and the transportation companies, the press release said.
DOTr added that this will be a more secure payment for the passengers, as they do not have to carry cash to pay for their fares, especially during the early mornings where spare change may be difficult to come by. They just need to tap theirs cards and enjoy the ride.
Leo Rey Yanson, VTI president and CEO, emphasized the need for the continuous improvement of the company in terms of convenient, quality, and affordable service to the riding public as embodied in the legacy of his late father and YGBC founder, Ricardo Yanson, Sr.
“We adhere to the modernization program of the transport sector under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte.The pandemic cannot stop us from delivering good service to our stakeholders”, Yanson said.
Yanson also said that tap cards will be distributed free of charge to the riding public. The load will be paid by the commuters in the terminal booth.
“In the future, we are giving rebates to the passengers or exploring the possibility of loyalty award points to maximize the riding experience of our passengers,” he added.*