Cebu's Biggest Bus Terminal Is Going Cashless

An automated ticketing system was launched on May 18.

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Cebu's South Bus Terminal reopened in September 2020.
PHOTO BY Cebu Provincial Government / SUGBO NEWS

(SPOT.ph) Cebu City has equipped one of its major transport hubs, the South Bus Terminal, with a new cashless payment option: tap cards. A newly launched automated ticketing system will give passengers the capability to use reloadable cards as part of the city's effort to go cashless amid the pandemic. 

Dubbed the "Suroy-Suroy" card, this new fare option was launched by the local government on May 18, giving the popular South Bus Terminal along Natalio Bacalso Avenue a major upgrade. Travellers can purchase the reloadable card for P100 or get the old QR-code tickets if they aren't quite ready for change (though we do recommend the cashless option!).

All south-bound passengers are now required to pay for their tickets at the cashier, instead of at the bus itself, no matter their chosen payment method. 

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The Cebu South Bus Terminal Is Going Cashless

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The newly equipped counters at the Cebu South Bus Terminal.
PHOTO BY screencap Facebook / Cebu Provincial Government - Sugbo News
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The major transport hub was closed down for five months at the height of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was opened back up in September 2020—adhering to strict safety protocols. At its busiest, the terminal also served as a "bagsakan" area which added to the at least 5,000 people that crossed it daily. 

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The Cebu South Bus Terminal is managed by provincial government, which partnered with Topline Hi-Tech and Synergy Corporation for the new cashless system. Plans to update the system and go entirely digital have been in the works since 2019, said Governor Gwendolyn Garcia at the ceremonial launch

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