Public transport prices set to raise in St Petersburg

(Photo credits: Till Rimmele)

The governor of St Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko, has announced a price increase for public transport starting in 2017

The coming year will bring some bad surprises for St Petersburg’s commuters. From 1 January, prices of public transport in the city will increase from 35 to 45 roubles for the subway and from 30 to 40 roubles for buses, trams and trolleybuses.

The announcement was given by St Petersburg’s governor Georgy Poltavchenko, who stated that the increase of prices will only affect tourists and occasional commuters as they are the ones who typically buy tokens.

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Prices of subway tokens on the left and monthly minimum wage in Russia on the right. Image credits: spb.kp.ru

Prices of public transport have risen considerably in the city in the last 20 years, but the rise has always gone hand-in-hand with an increase in the minimum wage in the country, making their use still affordable for everyone.

According to Poltavchenko, the price increase would still make the use of public transport affordable for the citizens, although the majority of them do not seem to agree with the statement. Current results from an ongoing survey carried out by Fontanka show that more than 93% of the respondents are unhappy about the increase and only 2,39 % of them see the raise as fair if compared to the much higher prices of Moscow.

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