Over 600,000 Troika transport cards soldNews archive
Over the last month – from September 20 to October 16, 2013 – over 100,000 Troika cards were sold in Moscow. This brings the total number of cards sold to over 600,000 since their introduction, which coincided with the new fare menu. Demand has increased dramatically since the introduction of the new services on the Troika card September 20, 2013.
Now passengers can store all their necessary tickets on one convenient carrier and use Troika like the former paper tickets. Any of the paper tickets from the fare menu can be added to Troika: Unified, TAT, and 90 Minute from 1-60 rides; Unlimited-ride tickets for 30, 90, 365 days; and suburban rail passes. To add tickets to the Troika card simply select the appropriate pass or ticket at Metro ticket offices, automated Mosgortrans kiosks, or suburban rail ticket offices and railroad stations for suburban rail passes.
The most popular versions of the Troika card purchased between September 20 and October 16 were the longer-term Unified tickets from between 20 and 60 rides, with more than 13,500 added ones to Troika. Of these the most popular was the 60-ride Unified ticket, accounting for 12,000 daily trips on average and growing each day. The average number of Troika card validations or “touch-ins” reached 370,000 per day.
Deputy mayor of Moscow at the Moscow government and leader of the Moscow Department of Transport Maksim Liksutov stated, “This innovation, which we prepared for intensively, demanded serious and well-coordinated work of various branches, including working out program software, hardware systems modernization, testing, and revisions. The rise in demand for the Troika card is testament that our efforts have met their goals. The new services have turned out be in high demand among the most important audience – passengers”.