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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City Plans Increase In Transport Fares

The Moscow city government is planning a New Year's surprise for residents of the capital. According to the Tuesday edition of the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily newspaper, city authorities are planning to raise fares on public transport from 1,500 rubles ($0.27) to 2,000 rubles early next year.

The 500-ruble increase has been incorporated into the Moscow 1997 draft budget submitted by the city government to the Moscow City Duma for approval, the paper said, and funding allocated from the city treasury for the development of the city's public transport system for the next year has been calculated on the basis of this increase.

For Muscovites, 1996 has been a calm year in the transport fare department. Prices have been stable since December 1995, when city hall decreed a 50 percent hike -- from 1,000 rubles to 1,500 rubles -- just before New Year's, the fourth transportation price rise that year.

Moscow's transportation has been plagued with financial problems, leading to several protests and one hunger strike this year.