Single card system for public transport in 2019


THE government has postponed the implementation of the Integrated Common Payment System (ICPS) that would enable a single cashless payment gateway for all public transport usage to 2019.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (picture) said the new system that was initially scheduled to be implemented in 2018, had to be pushed another year and it would be executed in stages.

“The government, through the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), has been working on this integrated ticketing system which is to be enforced all around the Klang Valley,” she said in a parliamentary written reply.

Nancy was responding to Mukah MP Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah, who had asked the government on efforts to streamline the usage of Touch ‘n Go as a single card for all public transports.

The ICPS is a unified ticketing system managed by SPAD that would allow travel on all bus, rail, metro and monorail networks using a single smartcard.

Nancy said through the ICPS, public transport users will be able to make “cashless payments” through their MyDebit bank cards or their prepaid Touch ‘n Go cards, besides mobile payments.

“Passengers who subscribe to this cashless payment system will also be able to enjoy a 20% discount compared to those who choose to pay cash,” she said.

The ICPS solution is a national project listed under the National Key Results Areas (NKRA) for Urban Public Transport.

Managed by SPAD, its objective is to integrate all urban rail and bus transit fare systems within the Klang Valley.

The benefits of the ICPS solution are barrier-free travel between different rail lines, multiple options for e-payment, shorter queue at stations and less station congestion.