TRIPKO Card: What you need to know
Ever heard of TRIPKO and its card? If not yet, TRIPKO provides an Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) for cashless transactions using a TRIPKO smart card. Plus, it provides an easier way of paying the fare by simply tapping your TRIPKO card once upon boarding and keep your ticket for inspection.
Besides, passengers are encouraged to get their free TRIPKO card for safer and contactless travel during the pandemic. With this, there are no more manual tickets issued by bus conductors and no more cash handling upon fare payment. But, what else do we need to know about it? Let’s find out more!
TRIPKO card is a stored-value reloadable and contactless payment card — also known as a prepaid card that can be used for fare payment on public transport, including buses and modern jeepneys. It grants commuters a more convenient and smart way to secure cash handling of the passenger.
TRIPKO is a product of Journeytech, Inc.; an 11-year-old IT company focused on digitizing the transportation payment landscape, thereby promoting security and efficiency to the riding public and transport operators.
The card can be used for partner buses and modern jeepneys nationwide. It now has 100 transport partners, over 500,000 cardholders, and over 100 outlets.
The TRIPKO card is given free to new cardholders. However, upon getting the free card, it must have a minimum load of PHP 50 or PHP 100 (depending on the route). You may reload for as low as PHP 20, and the card can store up to a maximum value of PHP 5,000. Plus, there is also no minimum balance required to keep the card active.
Note that for the second time you’ll get the card, you’ll have to buy it with a replacement fee of PHP 150. The fee includes the new card and the transfer of load (if the lost/old card still has a remaining load/balance).
The TRIPKO card can be used for 3 years from the purchase date. Further, any unused load can be transferred to the replacement card after 3 years of surrendering your old card.
TRIPKO in the “new normal”
According to TRIPKO, contact tracing is easier because each TRIPKO cardholder is asked to register his/her card so that each time a passenger taps the card, TRIPKO automatically keeps a record of who is inside the public vehicle.
In addition, TRIPKO complies with LTFRB’s “new normal” requirement to keep a trip manifest or logbook of passengers for contact tracing amidst the pandemic. With this, there’s no need to hold the publicly shared pen and paper for manual logging onsite.
Where can you get a TRIPKO card?
Commuters only need to register and present one (1) valid ID to claim their free TRIPKO card. You may get your TRIPKO smart card and load from the following participating stores, bus terminals, and merchants:
• (CRMT) LITEX Terminal – Litex Road, Brgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City
• (CRMT) San Isidro Terminal – Sitio Anginan, Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal
• Alibagu Terminal – Ilagan City, Isabela
• Apalit, Pampanga (near RCBC bank)
• Autokid Solutions Office, Subic – Lot P-1B, Perimeter Road, Subic Bay Gateway Park, Phase I, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
• Ayala EDSA Loading Station – South Bound – Near MRT Ayala and SM Makati
• Bagong Silang, Quezon City – Bagong Silang, Phase 1 covered court, Quezon City
• Batangas City Grand Terminal – Grand terminal, diversion road, Batangas
• BBL Balibago Terminal – Balibago Complex, Santa Rosa, Laguna
• BBL Buendia Terminal – Taft Avenue, Pasay City (near LRT Buendia Station)
• CBSTC Terminal, Aurora Hill, Baguio – East Bayan Park Barangay Hall, East Bayan Park Rd, Baguio City
• CBSTC Terminal, Trancoville, Baguio – Manuel Roxas St. Trancoville, Baguio City Infront of Crave Restaurant
• Dau Bus Terminal – Dau, Pampanga
• DLTB Lemery Terminal – Brgy. Malinis, Lemery, Batangas
• DLTB Nasugbu Terminal – JP Laurel, Brgy. 9, Nasugbu Terminal
• EDSA Ayala – Makati, Metro Manila
• JAM Lemery Terminal – Purok 1, Brgy. Palanas, Lemery, Batangas
• Jeamhel Foodhaus & Sari-sari Store – No. 1 T. Reyes Avenue Amity Ville Subdivision San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal
• Joefz Airway Travel and Tours – Purok 4, RPA Bldg., National Highway, Brgy, Balibago, Santa Rosa, Laguna
• Mahagnaw Terminal – Tanauan – Brgy. San Roque, Tanauan Leyte (near Petron gasoline station)
• Market! Market! – Mabini Avenue Corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila
• Palawan Pawnshop – Ermita – Pedro Gil – 1003 G/F Pedro Gil COR. San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila
• Palawan Pawnshop – Gil Puyat – 2131 Taft Avenue Brgy. 38, Pasay City
• Palawan Pawnshop – Ilaya ST 88 Ilaya St., Alabang
• Palawan Pawnshop – LRT Carriedo – Stall #8 block C, LRT Carriedo Station, Brgy. 306, Manila
• Palawan Pawnshop – LRT UN Station – Stall #2, South West Phase, LRT United Nations Station, Brgy. 670, Zone 72, Ermita, Manila
• Palawan Pawnshop – LRT Vito Cruz – #1, East phase, LRT Vito Cruz Station, Taft Avenue, Brgy. 728, Malate, Manila
• Palawan Pawnshop – Mabini St. Ermita – 1409 Mabini Street COR. Sta. Monica Street, Ermita, Manila
• Palawan Pawnshop – Pasay City-Harrison – 2017 FB Harrison Street, Brgy. 23, Pasay City
• Palawan Pawnshop – Remedios Taft – 1867 Taft Avenue Brgy. 696 Zone 76 District V, Malate, Manila
• Palawan Pawnshop – Alabang – Lot 171 F2B Espiritu BLDG., West Service RD., Alabang
• Palawan Pawnshop – Malate-Taft – 1677 Taft Avenue Corner Gen. Malvar st., Brgy. 696, Zone 76, Malate, Manila
• Palawan Pawnshop – Metropolis – Unit J Ancestry BLDG., Alabang Viaduct, Alabang-Zapote RD., Alabang
• PHILTRANCO Davao Terminal – Candelaria Street, Ecoland Bus Terminal, Davao City
• PHILTRANCO Pasay Terminal – EDSA corner Apelo Cruz Street, Pasay City
• PHILTRANCO Turbina Terminal – PHILJAM Bus Terminal, Brgy. Turbina, Calamba City
• PITX (Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange) – 2nd Floor gate 1 & 2 1 Kennedy road Paranaque, Metro Manila
• Robinsons Manila Terminal – Pedro Gil St, Ermita, Manila
• Robinsons Novaliches – Robinsons Novaliches, waiting shed
• SM Lipa Terminal – Grand Terminal SM City Lipa, Lipa City, Batangas
• SM Tarlac Transport Terminal – SM City Car Park, SM City Tarlac, MacArthur Highway, San Roque, Tarlac City
• Starmall Alabang – Starmall Alabang, South Superhighway, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
• Sucat – Sucat Hi-way (near police station)
• Tacloban Transport Terminal – Robinsons Marasbaras, Tacloban
• Waltermart Paniqui Terminal – MacArthur Highway, Brgy. Estacion, Paniqui, Tarlac
• Lhanlie’s Store – Sampaloc Public Market, Quezon
• Alvin’s Jewelry Store – Brgy. 3 (POB), Cuenca, Batangas
• Feranil Footwear & Store – Boundary, A. Muyong, Alfonso, Cavite
• Jun & Kath General Merchandise – Gulod, Calatagan, Batangas
• Amparo’s Store – Brgy. Lambac, Mabitac, Laguna
• Klyde’s Sari-Sari Store – Purok 3, Brgy, Masapang, Victoria, Laguna
• Bibot Store – Real Velasquez St. Sta. Maria, Laguna
• Victoria’s Itik/Zaadji’s Sari-Sari Store
How to register your TRIPKO card?
Upon claiming your free TRIPKO card, you are required to accomplish a form and have your card registered. This is to control the abuse of getting a free card and verify that you are a first-time TRIPKO card user.
The TRIPKO – The Smart Ride mobile app allows you to:
• Register your TRIPKO card
• Monitor card balance and transactions
• Check the list of TRIPKO merchants (where you can load and use your TRIPKO card)
Your account password will be sent to the email you provided upon claiming your free TRIPKO card. This means that you do not have to register again on your own, but only to change the password when you first logged in using the credentials sent to you.
Partners and Routes of Service
TRIPKO deploys its system in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Currently, it has partnered with the following bus companies and jeepney cooperatives, which accept fare payments via TRIPKO card.
• Cordillera Basic Sectors Transport Cooperative
• Bahaghari Kapit Bisig Transport Cooperative
• San Dionisio TSC
• Gumaca Transport Service Cooperative (GTSC)
• Balanga Orani Transport Service
• Central Tacloban Transport Cooperative (CETRANCO)
• Dagami Transport Cooperative
• Catarman Rawis Catubig Las Navas – Jeepney/Van Operators and Drivers Transport Association, Inc.
• Visayas Liner
• Rizal Metrolink, Inc (RMI)
• North Triangle Alliance Multi-Purpose & Transport Cooperative
• Murcia – Tarlac – Capas – Bamban Transport Cooperative
• Ilagan Public Utility Transport Cooperative
• Easyway Transport Service and Multipurpose Cooperative
• Dela Rosa Transit
• UNICAB/RRCG JST Kidlat Transport Corp
• Saint Rose Transit
• South City Express, Inc.
• DSN Transport, Inc.
• Reinalyn Bus Lines, Corp.
• CHER Transport
• COCO Sandigan
• Autokid Truck Solutions
• Baclaran-Nichols Transportation Service Cooperative
• Basico Transport Service & Multi-Purpose Coop.
• Big Boys Transportation Service Corporation
• Mahagnaw Transport Corporation
• Paniqui Gerona Tarlac Transport Service Cooperative
• HM Transport, Inc.
You may also check out the routes covered by their service in South Luzon:
• Starmall Alabang- Ayala and vice versa
• Starmall Alabang- Market! Market! and vice versa
• Starmall Alabang- Lawton and vice versa
• PITX- Batangas Grand Terminal/ Lemery/ Lipa/ Nasugbu and vice versa
• PITX- Sta. Cruz, Laguna, and vice versa
• EDSA Ayala/Buendia- Balibago and vice versa
TRIPKO targets to reach 1,200,000 cardholders by the end of 2021. This aim is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 via a safe and convenient ride for the commuting public.