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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tokens Out At 10 Metro Stations




Ten Moscow metro stations will stop selling metro tokens Tuesday and switch to magnetic passes for single rides.


The move is a part of the gradual phasing out of tokens in the city metro. Switching to one-time magnetic passes, say metro officials, will help cut fraud and fare dodging and make it easier to collect statistics to improve planning.


The stations are Lubyanka, Arbatskaya (on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line), Kutuzovskaya, Turgenevskaya, Perovo, Oktyabrskaya (on the circle line), Orekhovo, Volzhzkaya, Volgogradsky Prospekt and Mendeleyevskaya. They will stop selling tokens, but the fare boxes, though being phased out gradually, are still there and will accept tokens for now.


At Arbatskaya station, only two fare boxes for tokens are left and about 2,500 people per day are still using them, said the senior cashier at the station, Alexandra Filippova. The new, one-ride card looks same as the ones good for five, 10, 20 and 60 rides.


Moscow metro introduced magnetic passes in September 1997 and all the stations in the city now have the equipment to read them.


But one issue - absence of trash cans to collect used magnetic cards that now litter floors at the stations - still seems in limbo. There are, so far, no plans to install trash bins.


"I have not heard of such plans," Filippova said. "You know, this depends on each rider's individual culture."