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St. Petersburg Metro planning new zone pricing
« on: April 09, 2010, 12:53:11 AM »
[url=][b]Petersburg Metro to Link Ticket Prices to New Zones[/b][/url]

The St. Petersburg metro network plans to introduce a zoning system for the pricing of journeys by the end of the year.

The St. Petersburg Metropolitan announced the opening this week of a contest for the design and manufacture of an automatic control system that will establish the prices of tickets on the basis of new zones.

The system will establish the prices passengers have to pay on the basis of the distance travelled.

“We are planning on dividing the metro into three zones — the center of the city, industrial areas, and the commuter belt,” said Yulia Shavel, spokeswoman for the St. Petersburg metropolitan.

Shavel said a test version of the new system may be introduced for some parts of the city’s metro as early as in November. The entire metro network will be operating under the system within two years, she said.

Shavel said the borders of the zones and the prices are as yet unclear. However, she said that the new system may provide savings “for passengers who use the metro for short trips.”

“Some people may even stop using surface transport because it will work out cheaper for them to use the metro,” Shavel said.