Manilla soon could have a Hong Kong-like citywide transit smart card if a city-backed proposal to connect all the metro networks proceeds as planned.

The Philippines city has two metro networks, including the Manilla Light Train System and the Manilla Metro Rail Transit System, both of which operate their own, separate ticketing systems.

The country’s Department of Transport and Communications plans to solicit bids for a contract to offer a new prepaid contactless smart card that would connect both of the networks, a department spokesperson tells PaymentsSource.

“We also want the card to be used later for purchases at retail locations across the city,” he says.

The department plans to pursue the bids by the end of this year, and it will consider a consortium of financial, telecommunication and technology vendors, the spokesperson says.

The Manilla Metro Rail Transit System supports two contactless smart cards, including the G-Pass issued by Globe Telecom Ltd. and the Smart Money PayPass that is backed by Smart Communications Ltd.

The Manilla Light Train System has a contactless smart card called the Flash Pass, which is available in coupon and card versions and designed only for fare payments.

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