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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Metro to Adopt Phone-Swipe Turnstiles

MTMayor Yury Luzhkov signing the official order declaring the new Trubnaya metro station open at a Thursday ceremony.
Metro head Dmitry Gayev announced Thursday that passengers would be able to ride the metro by swiping cell phones instead of tickets against turnstiles next year.

Gayev spoke at the new Trubnaya metro station, which opened in central Moscow on Thursday after years of delay linked to the 1998 financial crisis.

Gayev said passengers would be able to pay for rides with their cell phones starting next year, rather than waiting in long lines to buy tickets.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov tried out the new system, using a Nokia mobile phone to enter the turnstile at the station deep beneath Trubnaya Ploshchad.

Even the square "feels the good influence of the new metro," Luzhkov said at the opening ceremony. "For years, a fence hiding a monument to police officers who died in the line of duty was all that was on the square. Today, the square has been given back to Muscovites."

The station, the city's 173rd, is north of the Chkalovskaya station on the Light Green Line. It transfers to the Tsvetnoi Bulvar station.

Construction work started in 1984, but the scheduled opening in 2000 was postponed after funding dried up following the 1998 crisis.

Work also was hampered by the fact that the route goes under historical Moscow, forcing diggers to work 60 meters deep at times to avoid disturbing old architecture.

Trubnaya adds 3.2 kilometers to the Light Green Line, which had run between the Chkalovskaya and Marino stations, both of which opened in 1996.

The metro plans to open another station, Sretensky Bulvar, between Trubnaya and Chkalovskaya before the end of the year.