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Single Trip Fare In Moscow Metro Will Grow By One-Third
December 18, 2013 22:59


Starting New Year single trip fare in Moscow metro will grow by one-third and will reach 40 rubles. Head of the Department of transportation explains the fare changes with inflation and falling demand for single and double trip tickets. The price of the capital’s bus, tram and trolleybus tickets will not go up. The cost of rechargeable cards – for four trips and more – will stay unchanged as well.

Friday, the head of the Department of transportation and road infrastructure development Maxim Liksutov announced at the press conference that Moscow dwellers should expect public transportation fares to grow up in the next three weeks. From January 1, 2014 new tariffs will be displayed at subway ticket offices. The head of the Department of Transportation said the rate of passengers buying tickets for one and two trips has dropped from 30 to 5%. Answering questions about the causes of soaring ticket prices, Liksutov complained of inflation. “Prices grew up due to inflation. This year it was almost 7%. We had to choose: either to raise prices for all the ticket or for some rare categories. For the sake of Moscow residents we chose the lesser of two evils.

He added that substantially higher price of one or two trips is a worldwide tendency. "Adjusting the cost of tickets for one and two metro rides will let to keep rechargeable card prices still. The price of Troika cards will stay the same. With these cards, a single subway or land transport trip will cost 28 and 26 rubles, respectively, the press service of the Moscow's transportation office underscored. It is especially worth mentioning that decrease of single ticket sales will significantly shorten the queues at metro ticket offices and will help to preserve natural resources. In 2014, the approach to pricing will change. Such a decision was taken in order to keep the value of the most popular tickets unchanged." Liksutov enumerated some other changes to be implemented in the metro.

342 new cars will be put on the rails next year. For the first time a 30-years long-term contract was signed with the car manufacturer – Mytishchi Machine-building factory. Manufacturer will inspect and repair the cars during this period, but if the train breaks down, the manufacturer will be subject to penalties. According to Liksutov, a duty engineer sent by factory stays at dispatch center and gives remote assistance when problem occurs.

The head of Moscow's Department of transportation assured that for the first nine months of this year, number of engineering failures occurred on metro rail lines has decreased by 16.5% compared to same period last year and number of train cancellations, caused by failures decreased by 12.6%.

The tariff revolution in Moscow public transportation system took place in February, 2012.  Then the prices were rounded up. Single and double trip ticket prices rose from 28 to 30 and from 56 to 60 rubles, respectively. But the cost of 20 trips fell from 520 to 500 rubles and of 60 trips from 1,245 to 1,200 rubles. The second stage of the new ticket “menu” implementation started in April, when the sales of "electronic wallets" were launched: rechargeable multi-use plastic cards with solid balance and "90 Minute" passes, which allow one underground trip in 90 minutes and any number of trips on land transport.  Ticket prices rounded up even more.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Moscow Metro Metro ticket    

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