Moscow launches virtual ticketing and MaaS projects

The Moscow Department of Transport has joined forces with Google, Samsung, VTB Bank and Mastercard to launch the virtual Troika ticketing project.

In a separate announcement, the Moscow Department of Transport, said the city will test a mobility-as-a-service solution called MultiTransport, which will see all urban public transport and taxi services available on a single subscription.

Virtual Troika

Using the virtual version of Troika, passengers can pay for their trips on the Moscow Metro, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC), the Moscow Central Diameters (MCD), and the surface transport with a transport card in their smartphone.

To pay a fare it is necessary to have an Android smartphone with an NFC module, Google Pay or Samsung Pay wallet, and a ticket downloaded to the Virtual Troika card. Paying for travel with a virtual Troika card is similar to paying for purchases in a store using a smartphone.

The payment option is available at all terminals and turnstiles that accept contactless bankcards. “The Virtual Troika is one of the most long-awaited digital transport services of this year,” said Maksim Liksutov, the deputy mayor of Moscow for Transport. “I am sure it will become no less popular among Moscow citizens than the actual Troika card.

“We expect that over time, millions of citizens will use a transport card loaded into a smartphone every day.”

The mayor has set a task to increase the number of fare payment methods so that passengers always have a choice. By the end of next year, it will be possible to pay for travel at any metro turnstile with a virtual Troika.

Earlier this year, the Face Pay was launched in the Moscow Metro, a service that allows passengers to pay the fare with biometrics at all stations of the network.

Mobiity-as-a-service trial
The Moscow Department of Transport, VTB bank and mobility app Yandex Go is inviting passengers to take part in testing a mobility-as-a-service solution.

The initial phase of MultiTransport will enable those using all public transport and taxi (to travel to or from nearest metro, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) or the Moscow Central Diameters (MCD) stations) on a single subscription in Metro Moscow or Yandex Go mobile apps. The are also plans to include carsharing, scooter, and bicycle rental in the service.

“The Mayor of Moscow has set a task to make the transport infrastructure more accessible and friendly for passengers,” said Liksutov. “To do this, we are implementing the MaaS concept in the city. MultiTransport will be useful for passengers who use public transport but sometimes choose a taxi.

“With a subscription, people will be able to save up to 10 per cent of their money on fares each month. Flexibility and favourable rates of the service will also attract new users from among motorists who will switch to multimodal trips. This will allow a more even distribution of traffic flows.”

To participate in the testing, a passenger needs a contactless bank card or a smartphone with Apple Pay or Google Pay. There are three 30-day tariffs and they include an all-in-one pass for unlimited public transport trips and five, 10, or 20 taxi rides.