Ferry op­er­a­tor in­tro­duces pay­ment scheme

Sun.Star Cebu - - TOP STORIES - / FROM GCM OF SUPERBALITA CEBU/ KAL ED­I­TOR: PUBLIO J. BRI­ONES III / pjbri­[email protected]­star.com.ph

Start­ing on Feb. 1, pas­sen­gers of To­pline Ex­press, the op­er­a­tor of ferry boats that travel to and from Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City, can swipe their “Top­cards” in­stead of lin­ing up to pay their fare.

Eu­gene Eric Lim, To­pline Ex­press’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and pres­i­dent, said dif­fer­ent cards could be pur­chased at the com­pany’s tick­et­ing booth.

A card that costs P999 is good for 30 days. A card that costs P599 can be used for 15 days. A card that is valid for a week costs P299, while a one-day card will set back a pas­sen­ger P49.

The use of the cards in a sin­gle day has no limit.

Lim said com­muters could save money if they availed them- selves of the card com­pared to buy­ing a one-way ticket for P25.

Brigitte Lim-Mueller, the com­pany’s vice pres­i­dent for op­er­a­tions, said 500 to 1,000 free cards would be on of­fer to pas­sen­gers on Feb. 1.

Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice 7 Direc­tor Vic Cain­dec wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment.

He said it would be bet­ter for Lapu-Lapu City res­i­dents work­ing in Cebu City to avoid rid­ing pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles.

“Fewer cars on the road is the so­lu­tion to fix­ing the heavy traf­fic,” Cain­dec said. “Now, if peo­ple don’t use their cars any­more to cross Mac­tan to­wards Cebu, then the two bridges will have fewer ve­hi­cles.”

On Saturday morn­ing, Jan. 12, the To­pline Ex­press was for­mally launched.

House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo joined Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza in the event.

In her short speech, Ar­royo said trans­porta­tion helps shorten the travel time of lo­cals and tourists.

She dis­cussed the roll-on roll-off sys­tem, which was im­ple­mented dur­ing her time as pres­i­dent.

“I think, very soon, that it’s not go­ing to be only the em­ploy­ees will use it, but tourists who will go to the won­der­ful beaches and restau­rants of Mac­tan Is­land,” Ar­royo said.

SUN­STAR FOTO / AL­LAN CUIZON

LAUNCH­ING. House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­galAr­royo (in shades) at­tends the launch­ing of the cash­less sys­tem of To­pline Ex­presss. The com­pany says pas­sen­gers won’t have to line up to pay for their tick­ets.

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