Kyiv became the 5th city in the world after London, St. Petersburg, Chicago and Bucharest to launch contactless payments at turnstiles at the city subway. Starting June 19, 2015, passengers of the Kyiv metro can pay fares using their MasterCard® contactless cards or devices while passing through the turnstile. Contactless payments are already available at the 17 stations at Kyiv subway (out of 52 in total), and the plan is to equip all Kiev Subway stations with contactless terminals by the end of this year.
More than 20,000 subway rides have been paid using contactless cards and devices in Kyiv Subway to date. About 1,500 contactless transactions are made daily, and the number is still growing. Cardholders from 19 countries have taken the opportunity to pay for subway rides using their cards and devices with MasterCard Contactless technology.
Vira Platonova, Country Manager of the MasterCard Europe representative office in Ukraine and Moldova, said: “MasterCard contactless payment technology is ideal for those places where service speed is especially important. Millions of people in Kyiv take the subway each day, and the possibility of using their MasterCard contactless cards for subway rides will make their trips faster and more comfortable. Implementing contactless payments will also help both the Kyiv Subway and the Kyiv Municipal State Administration to optimize operating costs and to create a fare payment system integrating different modes of transport in the future. We are happy to have partners who are willing to adopt such innovative solution.”