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Russian Subway Goes Contactless

Russian Contactless Subway

MasterCard, in partnership with the St. Petersburg government, the St. Petersburg Metro, and Bank Saint Petersburg, launched the first implementation of contactless technology in a Russian subway with MasterCard PayPass.

Subway riders will no longer need to purchase a separate ticket or token for their ride. MasterCard PayPass is a contactless way to pay; it’s like having exact change wherever you go.

“MasterCard is focused on being the partner of choice for developing and offering the most secure and the smartest payment solutions to the Russian market, and we are excited to begin this year with this remarkable project in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg Metro will become a milestone in the history of Russia’s payment industry, because here MasterCard contactless technology was implemented at turnstiles for the first time,” said Ilya Riaby, Head of MasterCard Russia.

MasterCard contactless technology allows consumers to make everyday purchases quickly and safely with just a tap of a contactless-enabled card or device. Paying fares with MasterCard PayPass technology is fast, convenient and secure. Read the full press release (in Russian).

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