The Moscow Metro will begin selling silicone bracelets and ceramic rings embedded with the Troika card chip in late October. The new Troika cards can literally be worn on the arm to pay and pass through the turnstile conveniently and quickly.
“Beginning in October, riders can purchase Troika rubber bracelets at the Live Help desks at the Pushkinskaya Station and at souvenir shops at the Mayakovskaya and Trubnaya stations. Bracelets will come in classic black and also in the colours of some of the metro lines. As part of the pilot project, 500 bracelets will be available,” Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, said.
In addition, rings that work like Troika cards will be available at some of the metro’s Live Help desks and souvenir shops before the month is out. There will be 500 rings as well. The rings will be made of ceramic, and they will be black, size 22 for men and size 16 for women.
According to Maxim Liksutov, no other country has designed transport cards to look like rings and bracelets.
“We are the first to introduce such payment methods, offering our riders the most cutting-edge solutions,” the Deputy Mayor said.
Troika bracelets were first handed out outside Luzhniki Station, site of the main anniversary celebrations of the launch of the Moscow Central Circle on 10 September. The first rings were presented to newly-weds who were married at an MCC station on the anniversary day. The ring and bracelet design was devoted to the Moscow Central Circle birthday.
The Moscow Metro has also released a Troika fob. These can be purchased at souvenir shops and at the Live Help desks.