The government expects to fully implement an all-in-one card system for all public transport services by 2019 under the Integrated Cashless Paying System (ICPS), which was announced last year
Speaking at the Dewan Rakyat today, 8 August, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai explained that the cashless system will be implemented for LRT services, MRT, Monorail, KTM Komuter, and bus services in the city
The ICPS solution is expected to launch in 2018 and is meant to integrate all urban rail and bus transit systems within the Klang Valley. The system will be managed by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
According to the SPAD website, commuters will only require one smartcard to enjoy benefits such as seamless travel between different rail lines, pay for parking in nearly 4,000 transit stops, as well as getting to avoid long queues at ticketing counters. Commuters will also get to enjoy special discounts for customised products, which will apparently be "suited to each group of commuters present within the Klang Valley".
Though currently still in development, SPAD projected that the system will be used by an estimated 1 million passengers daily in its first year of operation.
However, it is worth noting that the proposed ICPS cashless system for public transport services pretty much works like Touch 'n Go cards
Commuters with Touch 'n Go cards have been going cashless and enjoying discounts when using public transport for years, as the Touch 'n Go card can be used to pay RapidKL bus fares; LRT, MRT, KTM Komuter, and KL Monorail services; KLIA Ekspres and Airport Coach services in KLIA and NU Sentral; as well as Rapid Kuantan and Panorama Melaka. Even RapidKL cards have already been integrated into the Touch 'n Go network.
In addition, Touch 'n Go cards are now the only mode of payment in tolls across the country, and can even be used in selected parking lots and retail outlets all over Malaysia.
With that said, how do you think the ICPS solution will fare when it's launched next year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.