The Transportation Department of the city of Moscow, the SUE "Moscow Metro", Sberbank of Russia and the international payment system MasterCard announce the launch of a pilot project for the use of bank proximity cards in subway automatic ticket machines.
The cardholders, as well as owners of other devices sharing the same technology, will have the ability to either buy metro tickets "in one touch" or refill their Troika transport cards. MasterCard PayPass® technology is installed in 64 ticket terminals in the following Moscow Metro stations: Akademicheskaya, Begovaya, Vodny Stadion, Vystavochnaya, Kaluzhskaya, Krylatskoe, Leninsky Prospekt, Park Kultury (both stations on radial and ring lines), Trubnaya, Chistye Prudy.
According to MasterCard PayPass technology, a payment up to 1000 RUB is processed without a PIN or signature; the non-cash refill of Troika cards is possible for amounts up to 950 RUB. For each transaction, a receipt is issued.
"The modern metropolis faces us against new and complicated challenges, but we are ready to answer them by implementing cutting-edge world technologies and developments. We believe that modern solutions must be available to Muskovites and visitors of the capital city, and these technologies must simplify the use of Moscow public transportation services. The present solution combines the ability to sell tickets and refill Troika transport cards. We are working continuously to improve the comfort of passengers and we hope that they will enjoy this innovation," commented Evgeny Mikhailov, the First Vice-director of the Transportation and Road Infrastructure Department of Moscow.
"We are happy that our mutual cooperation allowed the implementation of the project to introduce the MasterCard PayPass proximity technology to Moscow Metro. The new solution presents an extra added value feature since it allows the combination of both ticket purchases and Troika transport card refills. Payment via MasterCard PayPass is performed instantaneously, merely one touch to the reader is required. The obvious advantages of the MasterCard contact-free technology are load relief at the cash desks, reducing queues, ease of payment, speeding-up of passenger servicing, and the possibility for foreign tourists to use their cards with PayPass," said Ilya Ryaby, head of MasterCard in Russia.
"Sberbank of Russia, as the core bank, pays significant attention to the promotion of bank cards as a reliable, secure and convenient payment tool. Together with the Transportation Department as an acquirer bank at the present stage we are happy to offer the holders of MasterСard PayPass cards a quick and easy way for non-cash ticket purchases and Troika transport card refills. This is one further step toward implementing a broad range of cashless bank operations with bank cards, which is an important element in reducing the flow of cash," stressed Rostislav Yanykin, head of the Bank Card and Cashing Department in OAO Sberbank of Russia.
A modern public transport fare payment system will reduce the ticket purchasing time and open possibilities for the wide use of convenient payment methods. Moscow authorities will continue to develop these possibilities for Muscovites and visitors to the city.
I.T. Co. acts as a technology development partner of the project.