RZD Tries E-Ticketing Experiment

Itar-TassAn RZD conductor processing an e-ticket at Leningradsky Station on Friday.
Russian Railways showed off a trial e-ticketing system Friday that will cut out some of the hassle of traveling on the country's notoriously cumbersome rail network.

The system allows customers who buy their tickets online to bypass the lines at railway stations and go straight to the train with just their passport and a printout confirming their purchase.

Conductors on the platform will scan the printout with handheld computer devices. The passport details of the passenger will then flash up on the device, allowing the conductor to check their documents and let them on the train.

So far, the experiment is only being tried on one carriage on the Yunost train service between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The trial runs until Jan. 31.

The new system is part of a broader push by the state-run railway giant to popularize e-tickets, after the company started offering customers the chance to buy tickets online in May.

In the first month of use, over 8,200 tickets were bought over the Internet, the company said.