The transport Committee of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Metro, MasterCard and Bank Saint Petersburg have announced the introduction of a contactless payment solution powered by MasterCard PayPass. According to the project partners, for the first time in Russia, a subway operator implements contactless payment technology at turnstiles.
Turnstiles equipped with card readers are installed in all St. Petersburg metro stations. Passengers are able to pay for the metro fare just by tapping their cards or other MasterCard PayPass supporting devices (e.g. key fobs, watches and mobile phones). The contactless payment solution is fast and convenient, reduces queues, simplifies the internal logistics of the underground operator and lowers its operating costs.
The project was implemented with the participation of MasterCard processing company Uniteller and ZAO “Electronic Systems” (JSC “Elsy”).
In 2013, a pilot of MasterCard contactless was launched at Moscow Metro ticket machines. MasterCard, along with the Department of Transportation and Development of Road Transport Infrastructure of Moscow, Moscow Metro and Sberbank made contactless technology available to commuters at ten Moscow Metro stations, 64 ticket machines.