Just over a month ago, we reported that the government is in the final stages of implementing an Integrated Common Payment System (ICPS) that will unify the ticketing system for LRT, MRT, KL Monorail, Rapid KL buses, and KTM Komuter into a single system. Now, it has been announced that Touch ‘n’ Go will be the cashless platform for the ICPS.
Datuk Nancy Shukri, the minister in charge of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said that the system will be rolled out in stages. So far, only the LRT and MRT lines are on board with the new system.
The single ticket system will simplify travel around Klang Valley using public transportation as passengers do not need to buy different tickets for different services – this includes buses as well.
As per the original report, the new ICPS will include wireless payment technologies such as Android Pay and Apple Pay, though it’s worth noting that both services are not available in Malaysia yet. Using Touch ‘n’ Go will make transactions easier, emulating cashless systems already in place in countries such as Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.
ICPS promises a smooth journey, but with a target implementation date of 2019, it looks like we have to be a bit more patient before we can truly tap-out easily from station to station.