Private carriers will decorate their buses to mark the Victory Day holidays. Close to 900 large and medium buses servicing some 140 city lines will be adorned with flags, and shuttle buses will be embellished with stickers, Happy Victory Day inscriptions, and St George ribbons. All drivers will wear white shirts.
Some festively decorated buses are already plying around the city, and others will hit the streets in the coming days.
"The Surface Transport Reform programme in 2016 has completely transformed the operation of private carriers. Previously these carriers were mainly concerned with their profits, but today they focus more on passenger comfort and safety. Not only do they strive to meet city standards, but they also take the initiative to improve their services,” Sergei Dyakov, the head of the Transport Organiser company said.
Last year eight private carriers signed contracts with the Moscow Government to service 211 city lines. In 2016, they transported over 130 million people.
Every weekday private carriers transport about one million people. Passengers can use Troika, Yediny, TAT, and 90 Minute fare cards to pay for transit.
“We make every effort to ensure that passengers feel comfortable using our buses. Decorating the buses for the 9 May holiday is another opportunity to congratulate Muscovites on this occasion. This marks the beginning of a good tradition that will hopefully continue in the future,” Murad Sultanov, general director at Gepart transportation company said.
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