SmartTicket, a combined electronic ticket for long-distance trains and the Kyiv subway, will go on sale in September.
The Ministry of Infrastructure announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
The tickets will be sold on the e-transport.gov.ua transport portal and the SmartTicket.gov.ua website. According to the statement, this pilot project is being implemented by the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure’s Center for Digitalization and Cybersecurity.
"We are beginning this autumn with the SmartTicket, a long-awaited initiative for many Ukrainians. In the first phase of the project, this ticket will be available for domestic long-distance trains and city electronic tickets in Kyiv. In the future, we want all modes of transport – trains, buses, airplanes, and public transport – to be linked by the combined electronic ticket," Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklyi said.
Kryklyi added that Mariupol, Kharkiv, and the Lviv regional administration were interested in the SmartTicket, in addition to Kyiv.
According to the Center for Digitalization and Cybersecurity’s head Volodymyr Nabokov, the system is currently in test operation. In order to develop the system, the center is working to connect other carriers. Connection of the carriers SkyUp and Gunsel to the system is already underway. Work on additional functionality (such as a mobile application, smart search, etc.) is also underway.
In the future, passengers will be able to purchase a combined ticket for four modes of transport or for the subway and the train or the train and the airplane, for example, on the e-transport.gov.ua portal.
The SmartTicket will be read using a QR code on the controller’s mobile device.