Moscow Metro

A few things of note:

Fare increases

Metro changed their fares again. Single ride fares have increased from 13 to 15 to 17 roubles in the last…..six months? year? At the same time, the 20-ride ticket has increased from 190 to 230 to 250 roubles. It’s still cheap, yes, but that’s a 30% increase! Yikes.

Paper to Plastic Tickets

A few days ago, I bought my first metro card since before the Christmas holidays. I always get a 20-ride ticket. Well, imagine my surprise when I got it and saw that it was no longer paper with a magnetic stripe. Instead, it was a plastic card. There was no indication that it was a 20 ride card or not. Hmmmm. But, quickly realized that it was also magnetic, one that you just swipe over the turnstile instead of feeding it into the machine. Very cool! It took me 2 days to get out of the habit of taking my card out of my wallet as I approached the metro entrance. Now, like all the other cool kids, I can keep the card in my wallet and just wave it over the magnet and waltz right in. Yay!

Tricky station

Recently, I have been traveling from Prospekt Mira (Orange line) to Kitai Gorod (connection to purple line) and was reminded of the tricky nature of this station. You see, one platform serves two different lines and the other platform serves the opposite directions of those two lines. Confusing? Let me explain.

Imagine I got on at Prospekt Mira, heading towards Turgenevskaya. But, I’m engrossed in my book and miss my stop. No problem, just get off at the next stop, walk across the platform and go back one stop, right?

Wrong.

When I get off at Kitai Gorod and go to the other side of the platform, I’m not heading the opposite direction on the same line. I’m heading the opposite direction on a different line; I’ll end up going to Kuznetskaya instead.

In order to change directions and return on the same line back to Turgenevskaya, you have to go up/down the переход. The nice thing is that it’s really close. Up 15 stairs, go forward maybe 10 meters, and down 15 stairs. Done.

So, Kitai Gorod is very confusing if you’re not paying attention. But, once you know, it’s probably the stop where you can most quickly change lines.

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