WATCH: How new LRT, MRT 'tap and go' cards work

Posted at Jul 20 2015 08:42 AM | Updated as of Jul 20 2015 04:42 PM

MANILA - A new ticketing system similar to that of Hong Kong's Octopus cards was tested at a Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT) station on Monday.

The new 'tap and go' card ticketing system, tested at Legarda Station, is expected to ease long lines in LRT and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) stations.

LRT officals said that if the result of today's tests is positive, the new ticketing system will be made available in other stations, "one at a time."

The machines can dispense single journey and stored value cards. The stored value cards can be loaded from P11 to up to P10,000 and can last up to 4 years.

Once implemented, the magnetic stripe tickets currently in use will be replaced by contactless, tap-and-go smart cards that come with a microchip much like Hong Kong's Octopus cards and Singapore's EZ link. - report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News