DOTC, AF Consortium ink agreement for single ticketing system

April 2, 2014

AF Consortium and the Department of Transportation and Communications yesterday signed the 10-year concession agreement for the PhP1.72B Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) project. The consortium, led by the country’s top conglomerates Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp., submitted the highest bid to win the project against rival SM Group.

The AFCS Project is a tap-and-go technology that will unify the ticketing system for LRT Lines 1 and 2 and the MRT Line 3. The project is envisioned to eventually expand to other transport systems including retail and non-transport related payments. It is also the first PPP project awarded by the DOTC. It is expected to be fully operational by September 2015.

Ayala Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and MPIC Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan represented the consortium while the government was represented by DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya during the signing ceremony held at EDSA Shangri-la Hotel.

PJS Law’s Infrastructure Practice Group advises the DOTC and LRTA for the AFCS Project. Partner Ramil E. Bugayong leads this team.