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beep launches advanced booking system for Manila to Davao route

beep operator AF Payments Inc. introduced the Advance Booking System to make it convenient for passengers to purchase their bus tickets. The new feature, which took effect on Jan. 27, will be first implemented by Davao Metro Shuttle (DMS) in its Metro Manila↔Davao route, the longest bus route to date.

Starting Jan. 27, commuters can reserve bus tickets in advance to lessen the hassle of queueing onsite. Passengers can purchase and rebook tickets ahead at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) Terminal using their beep card or through their advance booking hotline: Davao-PITX (0939-1351349) or PITX-Davao (0981-3313389).

“With our new Advance Booking System feature, AF Payments Inc. is expanding the roster of solutions to continuously support the business needs of our partner transport operators nationwide,” said Sharon Fong, chief commercial officer of AF Payments Inc. 

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Davao Metro Shuttle has been a beep partner since November 2019. It operates inter-provincial buses that implement an automated fare collection system (AFCS), which includes Davao City↔Arakan; Davao City↔Kidapawan; Davao City↔Butuan City; C.P. Garcia↔Roxas; Catalunan↔Roxas; Ormoc City↔Sogod; and Tacloban City↔Calbayog City. Its latest route—PITX↔Ecoland Terminal in Davao City—was launched in June 2022.

More routes

Apart from DMS, Annil Transport Service Inc., operating a Davao City↔Calinan route, has also been an AFCS partner since February 2020. It features modern low-floor city buses equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, LCD TVs, leather seats, Wi-Fi, and a global positioning system (GPS).

AF Payments Inc. is looking to expand the adoption of its payment solutions among buses and modern jeepneys in more provinces this year. It targets to partner with transport operators completing their compliance with the government’s PUV Modernization Program to service the over 70 million commuters in the country.

Its main offering is an AFCS that allows passengers to enjoy the convenience of cashless and contactless fare payments, while empowering transport operators to more efficiently manage their payment collection, recording, and remittance compared to the traditional manual way that is susceptible to human error and pilferage.

A consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp., AF Payments Inc. offers a full ecosystem of related business solutions that includes AFCS, Advance Booking System, Fleet Management System, QR Ticketing / QR Payment System, Barrier and Gate Solutions, Central Ticketing Solutions, and Queue Management System. Clients can choose the services they need and bundle them together in a packaged offering for more savings.

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