LRT TICKET VENDING MACHINES ACCEPTS NEW COINS IN MARCH
Kuala Lumpur, 13 January 2012 - Commuters using Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) for single journey tickets on the LRT will need to continue using the old coins before the Automated Fare Collection Integrated Ticket System are upgraded to accept the new coins issued by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana), the asset owner of the LRT system via its operating subsidiary, RapidKL, said the upgrading exercise to allow machine calibration of the new coins will only be completed in mid-March.
“The new AFC TVMs will not be able to accept new coins issued by BNM until all the equipment has been upgraded and calibrated, as we do not want to compromise with the convenience and comfort for our commuters, ”Prasarana Director for Rail Division, Encik Khairani Mohamed said in statement today.
Commuters, however, can change their new coins for the old coins at the ticketing counter if they want to purchase tickets at the TVMs, Khairani added. He said Indra IRIS AFC Consortium – the contractor for the project – has been asked to make their recommendations and take immediate steps to upgrade the system to allow the calibration for the new coins and bank notes series.
In a media statement issued on January 10, the central bank announced that they will start issuing the new coins of 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen denominations from January 16. The new bank notes will be issued in the middle of the year.
In ensuring efficiency and convenience, Bank Negara Malaysia had recently issued out a circular on machine calibration for the new bank note series; seeking the cooperation from all the machine vendors to expedite calibration process and collaborate with all the operators to complete the upgrading/calibration exercise by 30 June 2012.
For the new bank-notes, which are scheduled to be issued out by Bank Negara in June, Khairani said the TVMs machines should be able to accept the new bank-notes by July upon the completion of the calibration exercise.
The new notes series issued by the central bank will be in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20 and RM100 with the RM50 notes remaining in its current feature. Khairani said notices will be put up at the TVMs to remind commuters on the exercise, “Having said that, I would like to again recommend commuters to use MyRapid cards for smooth travel on the LRT and the Monorail, which would be using the AFC Integrated Ticketing System by the first quarter of 2012,” added Khairani.
Under the AFC Integrated Ticketing System, RapidKL operates 283 Ticket Vending Machines, which are strategically located within its 49 LRT stations and 11 Monorail stations. The AFC Integrated Ticketing System was fully implemented with the LRT network on November 28, 2011 where commuters only needed to use one card - MyRapid Cards – to travel on both the Kelana Jaya and Ampang lines for an entire journey.
The integrated ticketing system is scheduled to be extended to RapidKL Monorail network in the first quarter of 2012 before being expanded further to cover RapidKL bus services by the second quarter of this year.