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Moscow to introduce new public transport tickets

April 02, 2013, 4:46 UTC+3

The new ticket is a so-called “electronic wallet,” which has received a nickname of Troika

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MOSCOW, April 2 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow introduces on Tuesday new types of tickets for the public transport.

The new ticket is a so-called “electronic wallet,” which has received a nickname of Troika. It is a plastic card with its number and a picture of three horses. The price is 100 roubles, where 50 roubles make a reserve, while the other 50 roubles may be used for paying fares. The price of one trip in the underground is 28 roubles, and 26 roubles by a bus, trolleybus or tram.

The Moscow Mayor’s Office say in future the Troika’s will allow paying for trips by commuter trains and trains of aero express /connecting Moscow and its three airports/.

Initially, money may be credited to the electronic wallet at underground’s ticket offices, but before the yearend passengers will be able to add cash via ATMs, text messages or bank cards. If a passenger does not want or need to use the electronic wallet any longer, the reserve of 50 roubles will be refunded.

Another new ticket option is tickets for 90 minutes. They may be used for one trip by the underground and an unlimited number of trips by on-ground transport within 90 minutes. One trip’s cost is 50 roubles. Passengers may choose from seven variants of the ticket - for one, two, five, eleven, 20, 40 and 60 routes.

New fares will become effective for tickets for one and two trips. They will cost 30 and 60 roubles respectively, instead of 28 and 56 charged earlier. Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov said those kinds of tickets would be available to June 30.

The full reform of the ticket menu, which began from February 1, will be finalised by July 1. The city officials said the new tariffs would not affect passengers enjoying social benefits.

Experts say the new tariff menu will cut lines to the ticket offices and will offer more options to passengers.


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