SmartTicket has started operating on 10 municipal buses of No.16A route. The advantages of the new service were appreciated by the Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryiy and Mayor Vadym Boichenko.
Mariupol became the first city in Ukraine to pilot an electronic ticket in municipal transport as part of the state project Smart Ticket. Thus, only one route has been installed with validators - devices that allow you to pay for travel with bank cards, mobile phones and smart watches. The plans are to scale the project to all vehicles.
Vladyslav Krykliy explained why Mariupol was chosen as a pilot city.
‘Mariupol was able to become a platform where public transport occupies the largest part of the transportation market. This is not only the easternmost point of Ukraine, but also one of the most advanced in the implementation of effective services. Mariupol should become an example for other cities,’ the Minister stressed.
Vladyslav Krykliy outlined the advantages of the new service. It will be integrated into the single electronic ticket system of the country. Its effect will apply to all cities and various modes of transport. The ticket can already be used for rail transport. This year the first airline will join the project.
In addition, this is a step towards the withdrawal of transport from the ‘shadow economy’ and the opportunity for passengers of privileged categories to travel for free in buses and trolleybuses according to Vladyslav Krykliy.
Vadym Boichenko said that in six years Mariupol managed to form a new transport model. The bus, tram and trolleybus fleet of Mariupol was completely renovated. Due to this, more than 80% of transportation is carried out by municipal transport.
‘This is all the result of systematic actions aimed at the development of the city. Creating a clear Development Strategy, effective budget management, openness and transparency are the main components. They allowed us to attract investments from the largest international financial institutions and implement large-scale projects,’ the Mayor said.
Vadym Boichenko stressed that the introduction of an electronic ticket is another step towards creating European conditions in Mariupol's public transport.
‘We are grateful to the Ministry of Infrastructure for giving Mariupol a pilot project. It will allow the company to effectively and transparently manage cash flow. But the most important thing is for residents to pay for travel quickly, conveniently and comfortably,’ the Mayor said.