Turnstiles at 28 metro entrances were programmed to offer free, contactless entry to football fans on 2018 FIFA World Cup match days in Moscow. To travel free, passengers will have to present a ticket, after which the they will be able to go through the turnstiles without even having to use the scanner, since the turnstile will open automatically. The old scheme, whereby a football fan has to show a ticket plus FAN ID after which the metro attendant opens the turnstile, remains in place at all other stations.
Metro entrances equipped with these new solutions have UHF antennas that can read RFID chips from a FAN ID.
These turnstiles are red and show World Cup symbols, and have stickers saying “Free Ride.” They were installed near Spartak and Luzhniki stadiums, including Spartak, Tushinskaya and Sportivnaya metro stations, as well as on stations in central Moscow and interchange stations, such as Pushkinskaya, Chekhovskaya as well as Ploshchad Revolyutsii.
“The new turnstiles have been installed at 28 metro entrances popular among football fans. More than 160,500 people have already used them on the days of World Cup matches played in Moscow. The turnstiles can be seen from afar thanks to their design that can be easily recognised. During the Confederations Cup, the procedure for offering football fans free rides was not automated, with metro attendants checking their tickets and FAN IDs. For the 2018 FIFA World Cup we introduced an automated system. All you have to do is present your ticket, after which the football fan can walk straight through the turnstile that will open automatically. It does not matter whether fans are wearing their FAN IDs or have them in their bags. This is the first time the Moscow metro is using this technology that was developed especially for the World Cup,” Head of Moscow’s Mayor Deputy and ead of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov said.
According to the official, introducing this automated system at stations with high passenger traffic will help football fans as well as metro workers save a lot of time, doing away with the need to check all the FAN IDs.
On 2018 FIFA World Cup match days in Moscow, football fans are entitled to free entrance at other metro stations as well. To get a free ride, they need to present to security or Passenger Mobility Centre staff a ticket to the match that has to be on the same day.
Stations equipped with contactless FAN ID scanners:
— Pushkinskaya (shared entrance with Tverskaya);
— Arbatskaya (Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line);
— Ulitsa 1905 Goda;
— Okhotny Ryad;
— Aleksandrovsky Sad;
— Ploshchad Revolyutsii;
— Oktyabrskoye Polye;
— Universitet (north entrance).
The Moscow metro, the Moscow Central Circle and a number of surface transit routes will provide late-night services during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. All metro and Moscow Central Circle stations, as well as shuttles serving the stadiums and surface transit routes will run until 03:00 on 28 June (Spartak Stadium, where Serbia will face off with Brazil at 21:00 on 27 June), on 4 July (Spartak Stadium, Round of 16 to begin at 21:00 on 3 July) and on 12 July (Luzhniki Stadium, semifinal starting at 21:00 on 11 July).
More than 100 English-speaking volunteers recruited by the Moscow metro will be on duty in the Moscow metro every day to help people move around the city: reach the station they need or a stadium, choose which category of fare they require or plan a route to the most popular tourist attractions. English-speaking volunteers are posted at stations within and on the Circle Line, as well as at stations close to stadiums such as Sportivnaya, Spartak, Tushinskaya and Luzhniki Moscow Central Circle station. They are wearing bright red hats, badges and arm bands with 2018 FIFA World Cup logos.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup started on 14 June and will be taking place until 15 July in 11 cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk. That being said, Moscow is still the tournament’s main host city.