Fares to Be Paid Electronically

14 december 2016

The Analytical Center teamed up with the United Nations Development Program to hold a round table on the current state and development prospects of fare payment systems and systems for managing regular passenger transport in the territory of Russia.

Deputy CEO for Development of the Saint Petersburg State Unitary Company Passazhiravtotrans Vladimir Ishkov talked about fare payment systems. “In Saint Petersburg we have set up a work group tasked with merging all types of tickets into one. This public transport pass will be available not just in Saint Petersburg but in Moscow and the Moscow Region as well,” the expert said. Currently, the most popular way to pay fares is with public transport cards but in the future fare collection will be completely digital, the expert is convinced. “At the moment, bank cards are very popular with passengers,” Mr. Ishkov said. ‘We ran a pilot project on one public transport route in Saint Petersburg to allow passengers to use their plastic cards to pay the fare. At the start of the project, only 0.33% of all passengers used this method to pay their fare but today already 0.6% of the passengers are using plastic cards.” According to the expert, fares can be paid via mobile services. Several options will be available for that: via text message, via mobile call, using the NFC functions as well as through smart phone applications that can read QR codes and are linked to the client’s plastic card or to their mobile phone account.

Sberbank and VTB representatives also talked about services that allow clients to pay public transport fares. The specialists are sure it has come time to abandon cash and tokens and introduce contactless payment systems that use public transport passes and plastic cards. To that end, the banks are actively creating new mobile apps that allow customers to carry digital copies of their public transport passes on their phones.

Samuil Gorelik, Professor of the UGIS department at ITMO University, made an overview of the technology trends in public transport fare collection around the world. “Analysis of the sources has shown that the majority of information systems for public transport are designed on the basis of the three-tier client server architecture that comprises a database server, an application server that runs the application logic performance, and the client application or interface that directly interacts with the client,” the expert said.

The participants also discussed options of the government and private business partnership to develop the industry and the state of regulations in the field. A separate discussion focused on the prospects of creating a universal payment system.