Moscow plans to expand biometric fare payments by the end of the year, Moscow Central Diameters ridership sees nearly 50% surge


(MENAFN- CLW Transports) Moscow plans to further expand biometric fare payments in 2024
Moscow has announced plans to launch biometric payment at all stations and terminals of the line D4 of the Moscow Central Diameters (MCD-4) by the end of 2024.
Currently, biometric payment is available at all Moscow Metro stations, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC), regular river routes, Aeroexpress terminals, and four MCD stations. By 2026, the system will be implemented at stations of all four MCD lines, up to a million Muscovites will be able to use it daily.
The Moscow Central Diameters are four suburban surface metro lines that connect different parts of Moscow Region via the city center. Moscow started to implement biometric fare payment on the MCD in May 2024 with four stations of lines D2, D3 and D4. The biometric service is available at turnstiles designated with a special sticker.
Payment by facial recognition eliminates the need to use cards and phones in urban transport. This is especially convenient when citizens make combined trips with transfers. The secure operation of the service is ensured by bank-level protection, and all user data is encrypted. We are implementing only the best Russian payment solutions at the direction of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, – said Liksutov.
Commuters can easily connect to the biometric payment system through the Moscow Metro app, which is available on Google Play, App Store, and RuStore.

Moscow Central Diameters see nearly 50% surge in ridership since launch
In other news, the MCD has reported a dramatic increase in ridership, with passenger numbers soaring by almost 50% since its inception.
Prior to the launch of the diameters, suburban trains on these railway lines carried an average of 955,000 passengers daily. Recent data shows a significant jump, with current passenger flow exceeding this figure by 440,000.
The system hit an all-time high in April this year, serving nearly 1.4 million passengers in a single day. This milestone underscores the MCD's growing popularity as an alternative to both the traditional metro system and private transportation.
Several key initiatives have contributed to this surge in ridership:
Rolling stock modernization: The first two diameter lines now operate exclusively with modern trains. Plans are in place to complete similar upgrades on the line D3 by year-end and on the line D4 – by the end of next year.
Expansion of modern stations: Over 80 new modern stations have been established across the MCD and Moscow Central Circle (MCC) networks, with more in the pipeline. This year will see the opening of Mitkovo (D3) and Scherbinka (D2) stations.
Enhanced transfer points: Efforts to streamline connections between different modes of transport are ongoing. For instance, the Zelenograd-Kryukovo station now offers quick transfers to buses that arrive directly at the station entrance, as well as connections to buses running on an elevated route.
The above-ground metro is becoming increasingly popular, with the number of passengers on the MCD increasing by almost 50% since its launch. Moreover, both overall and internal passenger traffic have increased. This is happening because more and more Muscovites are switching to the diameters from private cars, the metro, and ground transport. Residents of the city choose the MCD because it is comfortable, accessible, and fast, – stated Maksim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport.

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