New transit payment card aims to be all-in-one solution

But what about Touch 'n Go and the existing RapidKL card?

Expect yet another payment mode for public transport as the government plans to introduce a new system by 2018.

Named the Integrated Common Payment System (ICPS) it will be a single payment platform for all rail and bus services. It is part of the government’s plan to increase public transport usage in Kuala Lumpur from 20 per cent in 2015 to 20 per cent by the end of 2020.

Yet another system

ICPS was detailed in the Land Public Transport Transformation Journey 2010-2015 launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday.

There will be special discounts for the ICPS for targeted commuter groups, though details on the specifics for that have yet to be announced.

Besides ICPS, there will also be 3955 new parking bays prepared by 2019 at stations across Kuala Lumpur to encourage commuters to use public transport instead of driving.

There will also be two new integrated terminals, set to be operational by 2020, that will integrate bus and rail links: the Terminal Bersepadu Gombak (TBG) and the Terminal Bersepadu Sungai Buloh (TBSB).

While it’s good that public transport efforts are being stepped up, what about existing payment systems? Already in operation are the privately-owned Touch ‘n Go payment cards made mandatory at toll booths around the country as well as RapidKL’s existing MyRapid Card for its public transit services.

The previous failure of introducing a payment system on Malaysian MyKad doesn’t seem to be a deterrent for yet another attempt at creating a government-led universal payment system, this time for public transport. Will Malaysians stick to their Touch ‘n Go card that already work on both public transport and toll? We’ll find out in 2018.

[Source: The Star]