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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Metro Fare To Triple

The cost of travel by metro tripled Friday as part of an across-the-board price hike for city transportation ordered by Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

Under a Luzhkov decree issued Thursday, the price of a metro ride jumped to 30 rubles from 10 rubles. Tickets for bus, tram and trolley travel were doubled to 20 rubles.

An official at the city transportation department said monthly travel cards purchased at the beginning of the month will remain valid until Oct. 31. Starting November, the travel cards will cost 3, 000 rubles, up from 1, 200.

"The increase was caused by the growing fuel and energy prices", said the official, who added that the fare hikes were enacted without prior notice to prevent hoarding of metro tokens.

Even with the hikes, she said, the cost of metro travel is still subsidized by about 90 percent.