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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Metro to Track Passenger Flow

Passengers entering the Moscow metro on Thursday will encounter something unusual: They will be handed a special ticket, part of the subway system's effort to measure passenger use patterns.

Metro officials are asking for riders to help with the study by returning the tickets when they exit the station at the end of their trip.

Metro employees will give out three types of tickets - one for paying passengers, one for pensioners and one for other nonpaying passengers.

The paper ticket system is being used in conjunction with electronic counters to determine overall passenger flow, as well as on each specific route. The data gathered will be used to modify train and escalator schedules.

Officials said March 18 was chosen for the study because mid-March is typical in its passenger flows and Thursday is one of the more crowded days for the metro.