MOSCOW, October 19 (Itar-Tass) — Tariffs on public transportation services in Moscow will grow within the inflation rate, Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin said on Wednesday.
“We shall do everything to keep these tariffs within the inflation rate,” he told Lenta.ru. “The current inflation rate is eight percent. And if the tariff is under the inflation rate, the actual price of a ticket will be reduced.”
In his words, the city administration is not interested in higher tariffs on transportation services. “On the contrary, we want more people use the service of metro and busses. It is much cheaper to subsidise public transport than to build new roads,” he said.
Apart from that, he said that it is planned to revise tariffs on the services of commuter trains. Now, he said, the situation is rather “strange,” when people have to pay more to travel by train within Moscow than outside the city. As a result people from outside Moscow opt only to reach the nearest metro station rather than to get to the center of the city. “That is why we have agreed with the Central Commuter Train Company and Russian Railways to introduce a single ticket that might be used on all train lines within a day. As a matter of fact, such ticket will cost two-times cheaper. This tariff will be introduced from November 1,” Sobyanin noted.
“Furthermore, we shall look at introducing a single ticket for commuter trains and metro,” he said and added that so far this is outside immediate plans.