Effortless Commutes: Seamlessly Board LRT-1 with Maya App's Scan-to-Ride Feature
MANILA, Philippines – No. 1 digital banking app Maya and LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) launched today a groundbreaking milestone in the modernization of railway transportation in the Philippines with the official launch of LRT-1 QR Ticketing system.
Commuters can now conveniently purchase their single journey LRT-1 QR ticket using the Maya app and scan the generated QR ticket at the dedicated “Fast Lane” turnstiles located at all LRT-1 Stations- making the process quick, seamless, and hassle-free.
"The LRT-1 QR Ticketing project marks a significant milestone in public transportation, where everyone can enjoy faster, safer, and more convenient digital transactions. This end-to-end digitalization represents a turning point in modernizing our transportation system and promoting digital payments on a wider scale," said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Maya, and LRMC.
Elevating and modernizing the transport system: Mr. Juan F. Alfonso, Light Rail Manila Corporation President and CEO welcomed guests at the Scan to Ride sa LRT-1 with Maya event.
"Building around our company core values of innovation and customer focus, LRMC is pioneering this technology for the railway sector in partnership with Maya and AFPI. We take pride in spearheading this effort as a crucial first step towards accelerating digitalization in public transport. Through this initiative, we are empowering our LRT-1 passengers with more options so that they can commute more conveniently. We remain steadfast in our commitment to improve the commuter experience and make rail an attractive, affordable, and sustainable transport solution," said Juan F. Alfonso, President and CEO of LRMC.
The new era of commuting is fueled by technology: Mr. Shailesh Baidwan, Maya Group President and Maya Bank Co-Founder shares more about this game changing initiative.
“We’re proud to introduce this pioneering end-to-end digital ticketing solution for our transportation sector, in partnership with LRMC. This integration offers a fast, seamless, and hassle-free solution to the commuting public. On top of promoting digital transactions, this contactless approach fosters public health and safety -- crucial in our present times," said Shailesh Baidwan, Maya Group President and Maya Bank Co-Founder.
Scan to Ride sa LRT-1 with Maya (L-R): Mr. Shailesh Baidwan, Maya Group President and Maya Bank Co-Founder; Ms. Bella Santos, Managing Director and Officer-in-charge, Payments and Currency Development Sub-sector of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Ms. Cynthia Hernandez Public-Private Partnership Center Executive Director; Mr. Juan F. Alfonso, Light Rail Manila Corporation President and CEO.
Commuters can easily purchase LRT-1 QR tickets via the Maya app. QR tickets generated are valid for 24 hours from the date of purchase and can be used at all LRT-1 stations from Baclaran to Monumento, as well as the north line extension, which includes Balintawak and Roosevelt stations along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
Here is a simple step-by-step guide:
Open your Maya app and navigate to the Services section.
Select the LRT-1 tile under the Lifestyle category.
Choose your desired route (Northbound or Southbound) and set both the origin and destination.
Click on Pay Now. Your QR ticket will be instantly generated.
Conveniently scan your QR ticket using the turnstile QR scanners at LRT-1 stations.
To encourage commuters, Maya is offering one free LRT-1 ride per month per customer in the form of cashback vouchers. Passengers simply need to purchase their QR tickets within the Maya app to enjoy this exclusive benefit. Promo runs until August 31, 2023.
LRT-1 QR Tickets powered by Beep may also be purchased through LRMC’s ikotMNL app, a first-of-its-kind in the Philippine railway industry that empowers commuters with better access to train information. Through Maya Business, Maya also enables the ikotMNL to accept digital payments from Maya, other e-wallets, banks, credit, debit, prepaid card, and soon, QR PH.
Maya strongly supports the initiatives of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in promoting the use of contactless payments in public transportation. Maya has equipped Metro Manila, Cebu, and Baguio taxi operators with contactless payment solutions, facilitated the first digital bus ticketing system with the Araneta Bus Port, and handles payment processing for major Transportation Network Vehicle Service providers.
LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). For more updates and information on LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, Twitter at @officialLRT1, or download the ikotMNL mobile app for free from Google Play and the App Store.
Maya is the only all-in-one digital banking platform in the Philippines with the most comprehensive payments ecosystem. Maya is powered by the country’s only end-to-end digital payments company, Maya Philippines, and Maya Bank, a digital bank supervised by the BSP. Visit maya.ph and mayabank.ph for more information. Follow Maya at @mayaiseverything on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok and @mayaofficialph on Twitter.
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