Ticket takers to accept bankcards on every commuter train starting in 2018

Ticket takers to accept bankcards on every commuter train starting in 2018
Ticket vending machines, due to be upgraded at railway stations by early 2018, will inform passengers about fares, benefits, discounts and train schedules in Russian and English.

Commuter train ticket takers will have portable terminals to accept bankcards by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

Passengers will be able to buy tickets and pay fines with bankcards on every suburban commuter train. Ticket takers already use payment terminals on the Moscow Railway’s Paveletskaya Line, and they will be issued to Kievskaya Line ticket takers next week.

“Central Suburban Passenger Company ticket takers will be equipped with payment terminals under a programme to upgrade the sales system,” said the company’s press service. “Passengers will be able to buy tickets and pay fines with bankcards on the Kazanskaya, Yaroslavskaya, Gorkovskaya, Rizhskaya, Belarusskaya and Savyolovskaya lines,” they added.

Ticket vending machines, due to be upgraded at most railway stations, will feature additional options. For example, passengers will be able to simultaneously buy several tickets, pay bicycle transport fees and extend their travel-cards by recording the required number of trips.

These machines’ screens will show commuter train schedules, fares, benefits and discounts. English language is stipulated for foreign tourists. The new functions will become available in early 2018.

The Central Suburban Passenger Company continues to introduce new ticket purchase options for commuter train passengers and crack down on non-paying passengers. In November 2017, over 50 ticket dispensers will be installed at 22 remote stations on the Savyolovskaya Line. They will issue free boarding passes allowing passengers to pay their fares to ticket takers aboard trains or at final destinations.

These ticket dispensers are installed at stations where it is impossible to buy travel-cards because there are no ticket offices or ticket vending machines there. Temporary tickets or boarding passes confirm that their bearers have boarded a train at a specific station. People can show them to ticket takers aboard trains, and they can either buy tickets from the ticket takers or at the final destination, without paying the 100-rouble service charge for a passenger that has neither a ticket nor a boarding pass. These devices now operate at 19 stations on the Kievskaya Line and 11 platforms on the Yaroslavskaya Line.