Convenient service: how many passengers pay fare in the metro and on the MCC using contactless technologies

May 26

Since the beginning of the year, more than 1.3 million passengers of the Moscow metro and the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) have paid for travel by a card or smartphone through the turnstile terminal. Since March, passengers can take advantage of this payment method at all metro stations and on the MCC.

Special readers installation was launched in 2015. On the MCC, the first readers for contactless payments were installed on turnstiles in 2016, since the launch of this mode of transport.

Passengers can pay their fares by PayPass and PayWave cards or smartphones with contactless payment.  To do this, just tap your card or mobile device to the terminal.

Popularity of this fare payment method is growing every month. For example, in April, 507,000 passenger paid their fares through the turnstile terminal in the metro and on the MCC using a card or smartphone. This is 78 percent more than in March with 280,000 passengers using the contactless technology. The number of contactless payments increased from 89,000 in the first week of April to 147,000 in the last week of April.

"More than 500,000 contactless payments were made by metro and MCC passengers in April — this is 40 percent of the total number of payments since the beginning of this year. Passengers no longer need to waste time buying a ticket, standing in line at the box office or waiting for their change. The new technology is particularly convenient at the most popular stations during rush hours. So, the citizens can save up to eight minutes a day during the trip," Deputy Moscow Mayor, Head of the City Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov said.

You may also pay fare by a bank card or smartphone at the ticket offices at all metro and MCC stations. With contactless payment, one trip on public transport costs RUB 42.00.

In addition, passengers may pay fare by Troika Smartcard, unified travel cards, and Moscow Resident social cards.

Maxim Liksutov noted that the Moscow metro is the leader among the world's subways in the number of fare payment methods.

It will also be possible to pay fare by card or smartphone at turnstiles of Moscow Central Diameters (MCD). The first two diameters, MCD-1 Odintsovo to Lobnya and MCD-2 Nakhabino to Podolsk, are to be opened in late 2019 or early 2020.  In total, routes of five diameters are currently under development. MCD routes will be open 05:30 am to 01:00 am Rush hour intervals will not exceed five to six minutes.

Contactless payment terminals installed at all metro stations


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