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Public transport in Minsk

08.09.2017

Mayor: We want Minsk to be a comfortable city
Mayor: We want Minsk to be a comfortable city The capital of Belarus in the meantime is preparing to celebrate the 950th anniversary. The exhibition "Compare Minsk" opened in the city on September 6.

14.08.2017

Volunteers to help inspectors in Minsk public transport
Volunteers to help inspectors in Minsk public transport Inspectors in Minsk public transport will now be assisted by volunteers. In total, more than a hundred volunteers help keep order in public transport. Everyone has an ID, a badge and a scarlet armband. They are a kind of help to inspectors, especially in cases when a passenger not only does not pay for a ride, but also behaves aggressively.

25.07.2017

65 new electronic boards to appear at Minsk bus stops
65 new electronic boards to appear at Minsk bus stops Another 65 electronic boards will appear at the bus stops of Minsk.  The exact time of the bus or the trolleybus arrival you need will be possible to find out at all the bus stops in Prytytskogo Street, in Dzerzhinskogo and Partizansky Avenues as well. More than 170 electronic boards have already been installed in Minsk. Practically all the bus stops near underground stations and trams stops are equipped with them.

26.06.2017

Minsk testing 30-meter 400-seat tram
Minsk testing 30-meter 400-seat tram A modern next-gen tram is being tested in Minsk. The stylish tram was developed by one of Belarusian developers. The new model of urban passenger transport was tested near vulica Bataničnaja, at the local tram depot. The length of the tram is more than 30 meters; it can seat about 400 people.

21.06.2017

Belarusian goods can be ordered from Russia: delivery by mail takes 3-4 days
Belarusian goods can be ordered from Russia: delivery by mail takes 3-4 days The Belarusian national postal network has expanded the list of Internet services. Now Russians can buy Belarusian goods. The order takes a few minutes - from registering on the site to paying online with a bank card. A parcel to Moscow or St. Petersburg will arrive within 3-4 days. Among the most popular products ordered this way are Belarusian linen and textiles, footwear, bags, cosmetics, and toys.

16.06.2017

Stadler Minsk developing trains for Minsk subway
Swiss Stadler developing trains for Minsk subway Swiss trains for Minsk subway: the company "Stadler Minsk" will start making cars for the Minsk subway. The design office is already working on new cars. This project will become a starting point for entering foreign markets: the company has an opportunity to participate in tenders in all CIS countries.

04.05.2017

Travel cards to be valid 60 days in Minsk
Travel cards to be valid 60 days in Minsk The validity of travel cards in Minsk has been increased. Tickets for ten and 20 rides will be valid for 60 days. Before they were used within a month roughly. However, these changes won’t influence the prices of the cards, they will remain the same. The changes come into force from May 4, 2017.

02.05.2017

Bus route from Minsk to Great Stone Industrial Park opens May 2
Bus route from Minsk to Great Stone Industrial Park opens May 2 Minsk - Great Stone Industrial Park bus route opened on May 2. The bus departs from the metro station Mahilioŭskaja in the south-east of Minsk. Transport companies believe transportation in this direction will be cost-effective.

01.05.2017

Kurasovshchina train station opens after reconstruction May 1
Kurasovshchina train station opens after reconstruction May 1 Train station Kurasovshchina was opened after reconstruction on May 1, 2017. Everything changed: from platforms to ticket offices. Underground walkways and the waiting room are equipped with surveillance cameras. As many as 40 regional line economy class trains pass the station every day. Railmen are planning to open this route for business class trains by 20120.

12.04.2017

Minsk's third metro line to be fully automated
Minsk's third metro line to be fully automated The Minsk metro will increase by 14 stations and two transfer points. The third line, when fully completed, will run from Zialiony Luh in north-east to Kurasouščyna in the south-west.  However, it will not happen in the coming years. Only 3 subway stations have got their concrete shape. Some stations' lobbies will be located on the ground rather than underground as all other Minsk subway stations. Among the new features of the third line will be protective screens and automated systems.

06.04.2017

7 smart traffic lights with Bluetooth and video detectors to be installed in Minsk
7 smart traffic lights with Bluetooth and video detectors to be installed in Minsk Traffic lights of Minsk are becoming smarter. Seven brand new electro traffic lights are to be installed in the city. These devices themselves are not much different from usual ones. However, they are equipped with Bluetooth and video detectors are attached to their basis. Sensing elements are attached in the asphalt at the bottom of a traffic light. Sensors on a traffic light will count cars thanks to Bluetooth vehicle detectors, and dispatcher will shorten time of a red signal during a traffic jam.

27.02.2017

Minsk ticket inspectors to work without uniform in public transport
Minsk ticket inspectors to work without uniform in public transport With the advent of spring, ticket inspectors of Minsk trams will take of their work vests. “Free riders” notice ticket inspectors in uniforms at stops relatively easy, then they rush to get out of the transport. Experience of European countries, when ticket inspectors don’t attract attention, will be implemented in Belarus capital from March, 2017. The effectiveness of this idea will be checked on tram routes first. Ticket inspections without uniforms are planned in trolleybuses later on.

10.02.2017

English announcements launched in Minsk subway
English announcements launched in Minsk subway The English language has returned to Minsk metro. The last time the Minsk subway had announcements in English during the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship. Back then thousands of foreign fans came to Minsk. In 2015, announcements in English were removed. These days Minsk is again preparing to receive a large number of foreign visitors. Already from 12 February Belarus will introduce visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries, including the entire EU, USA and Japan.

02.02.2017

Operator to be chosen to control fixed-route taxi network in Belarus
Operator to be chosen to control fixed-route taxi network in Belarus Belarusian food products will be marked with a special sign. That is, the manufacturer is required to place the GMO label on the packaging. The House of Representatives is preparing the amendments to the Law on Quality and Safety of Food Raw Materials and Food Products. The deputies are also considering other changes in the legislation that will provide Belarusian goods with an unimpeded access to the markets of the EEU. The parliamentarians discussed the stages of the legislative process in the Oval Hall on January 18.

16.11.2016

First electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016
First electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016 Sunny color for winter streets of Minsk: residents of the Belarus capital have decided on the future color of a new kind of metropolitan transport - electric buses. These electric buses will appear in Minsk already in December 2016. The electric buses will be like electric vehicles. They are powered by clean energy sources: a battery or a supercapacitor. The energy will be enough to cover about 12 kilometers. Then they need to be recharged at special stations, which are equipped at the last stops.

12.11.2016

Plans for Minsk’s reconstruction
Plans for Minsk’s reconstruction The city planners told about their plans for the transformation of the central part of Minsk within the first ring road. Now the project is being coordinated by the Ministry of Culture of Belarus. Architects were talking about such proposals not for the first year. However, the embodiment of the plans was only possible in modern conditions. Special attention will be paid to the preservation of historical and cultural heritage. Experts propose to remove transportation from Svobody Square and organize a unique historical area.

01.11.2016

Roman Dzhagetyan, controller of the  trolleybus park technological control department, honorable worker of housing and communal services, honorary member of  the international association of  city electric transport enterprises
History of trolleybuses and trams in Minsk Roman Dzhagetyan started his career in the area of electric transport in the 1960s being a pupil. At first he had to practice on trolleys MTB-82D that were difficult both in service and in driving. Roman Dzhagetyan got invaluable experience while working in a team of electricians. Having realized that his efforts and diligence influenced the number of the rolling stock in the streets of Minsk, he started to feel really responsible for what he did.

27.10.2016

Electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016
Electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016 Electric buses will appear on the roads of Minsk as early as in December 2016.  The name of the new mode of transport is self-explanatory. Electric buses do not require connection to a power line. The vehicle receives sufficient amount of electricity from a special charging post at an end of the route.  The electric bus is called the green vehicle of the 21st century. They have no harmful emissions boasting low noise levels and using clean energy sources. 

13.10.2016

Grodno ticket controllers now have video recorders to help settle conflicts
Grodno ticket controllers now have video recorders to help settle conflicts In Belarus' Grodno, video recorders will help ticket controllers fight free-riders. Ticket controllers have received modern gadgets. The novelty is designed to help solve conflict situations in public transport. Devices are attached to brand jackets. Records are stored up to a month.

10.10.2016

Guide monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100
Tourist monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100 Minsk transportation system has become more mobile. An electronic guide will now become passengers' companion. The smart thing acts as a good assistant that lays routes, displays currency rates, weather and suggests places where you can eat and relax. Until the end of 2016, these monitors will be installed in all Minsk buses. In the future, the innovation will be implemented on other routes.

27.08.2016

Minsk subway trains to arrive with less intervals starting from 27th of August
Minsk subway trains to arrive with less intervals starting from 27th of August The intervals between arrivals of trains in Minsk subway will be reduced. Thus, starting from the 27th of August, people will wait for 5 minutes instead of 6 at the first line. On Sundays, the interval will be 5.5 minutes instead of 6.5. At the second line, the intervals will decrease by 1 minute. On Saturdays, the waiting time will be 5 minutes. On Sundays, it will be 6 minutes. During weekdays, the intervals will be reduced to 2 minutes in the rush hours.

02.08.2016

Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team launched in Minsk
Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team launched in Minsk Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team have begun to ply the central streets of Minsk. The streets are also decorated with new themed billboards. Thus, Minsk residents and guests can join in to show their support for Belarusian athletes. The project Be Together with Olympic Team is intended to glorify the national sport and its best representatives, raise fans' morale and remind people about the main games of the four years, which involve Belarusian Olympians.

09.06.2016

Seat selection now available when buying online train tickets in Belarus
Seat selection now available when buying online train tickets in Belarus Passengers of Belarusian trains are now offered virtual tours of railway cars. Before buying an e-ticket the customer is able to choose a specific seat. This practice is widely used in air transport. When you hover over a particular compartment seat, you can see its number and price. For example, if you want to save when traveling in economy class, you can take a side seat.

06.06.2016

High-speed business-class train to ply between Minsk and Gomel
High-speed business-class trains now ply between Minsk and Gomel It is now easier to get from Gomel to Minsk. Belarusian Railways has launched business class electric trains in this direction. Specialists have completed the next stage of railway line electrification, and now the largest cities of the country will be connected by interregional trains. There will be two stops (in Zhlobin and Bobruisk) on the three-hour road from Minsk to Gomel. A business class trip costs about $4.

31.05.2016

What places in Minsk will become smoke free?
What places in Minsk will become smoke free? Belarusian tobacco manufacturers will be obliged to use frightening cigarette packaging.  They will demonstrate the consequences of addiction. Such are the requirements of new technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union. Some Belarusian companies have also decided to fight smoking. They encourage employees who do not take "smoke breaks".

05.05.2016

Public transport changes and parking restrictions due in Minsk on May 9
Public transport changes and parking restrictions due in Minsk on May 9 Belarus is getting prepared for Victory Day celebrations. The major public events will take place in Minsk. Celebrations organizers warn that car parking on some central streets will be limited on 7, 8 and 9 May. It will first of all pertain to streets adjacent to Victory Square. On May 8 and 9, parking will be forbidden along Masherov Avenue, from Independence Avenue to Pobediteley Avenue, including roadside parking.

02.05.2016

WWII memorial procession rehearsal due in Minsk on 2, 3 May
WWII memorial procession rehearsal due in Minsk on 2, 3 May Belarus is preparing to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. On May 2, a memorial procession rehearsal will be held in the center of Minsk. The same rehearsal will take place on May 3. Please take this information into account. The original parade is due on May 9, which is Victory Day in Belarus. In this regard, traffic will be limited at the intersections to streets leading to the Victory Square from 19.00 to 21.00.

08.02.2016

Parking lot problem in Minsk still acute
Parking lot problem in Minsk still acute The future schedule of public transport in the capital of Belarus, Minsk, was the issue that last week seriously alarmed residents of Minsk. Information appeared that public transport in Minsk would no longer ply after 11pm, by analogy with Helsinki and Shanghai. On the internet, there was information that subway times would be reduced too and Minsk residents would have to use expensive taxis. On weekday, at 11 o'clock at night, we go down in the subway to see whether there is demand in subway at this hour.

03.02.2016

Travel cards in Minsk for 10, 15 or 30 days now available from any date
Travel cards in Minsk for 10, 15 or 30 days now available from any date Tickets for public transport in Minsk for 10, 15 and 30 days can be purchased from any date from February 5, said Deputy General Director for Economics of the state enterprise Minsktrans Irina Yakubovskaya. At present, you can purchase tickets for certain number of days and only from a certain date. For example, a monthly pass is valid from the 1st of each month. A pass for 15 days is valid from the 1st and 15th of each month. 
New information boards in Minsk subway Minsk subway has presented new information boards. A map of the area with a detailed description of neighborhoods, the main lines of ground transport, shops and utilities now greets passengers on subway stations. Each subway exit has its number (generally 1-4 but there can be more if a station has more exits).

01.02.2016

Public transport hours to be reduced in Minsk in 2016?
Public transport hours to be reduced in Minsk in 2016? The working hours of Minsk's public transport may be cut later this year, said director of Minsk Transport and Communications enterprise Valery Shkuratov.

26.01.2016

Smart travel cards on Minsk public transport by February 2016
Smart travel cards on Minsk public transport by February 2016 In February 2016, Minsk residents will be able to purchase contactless smart cards, which will be valid from the activation date. So, Minsk citizens won’t have to stand in huge queues at the end or in the middle of the month. It will be possible to buy a smart travel card for 10, 15 or 30 days and immediately use it.

25.01.2016

Less advertising due in Minsk subway?
Less advertising due in Minsk subway? There should be less advertising in the Minsk subway, said chairman of the Architecture and Urban Planning City Committee of the Minsk City Executive Committee Pavel Luchinovich at a meeting of the city executive committee. The specialist agrees with citizens' claims about the dominance of advertising in the subway. This is especially true for stations with large passenger flows. They are Yakuba Kolasa Square and Kamennaya Gorka, which are literally crammed with advertising. At those stations, some say, advertising is quite aggressive.

26.11.2015

Minsk police has switched to a special alert regime after Paris attacks
Who is responsible for Belarusians’ safety Law enforcement officers noticed a significant increase in the vigilance of Belarusians after the latest world events. Our citizens are more likely to report to the police about ownerless and suspicious objects. In Vitebsk, during one day, there were four cases of evacuation. In the capital, two metro station exits were blocked because of the forgotten shopping bags. These were false alarms but the work of those who is responsible for our security and citizens’ vigilance is not in vain.
Minsktrans company about new travel passes
Changes in Minsk's public transport payment system by end of 2015 It is expected that an hourly public transport fare will be introduced soon in the Belarusian capital. Moreover, it will become possible to get a monthly travel pass from any date and for any number of days. According to Elena Romanova, head of the economic department of the public transport company Minsktrans, a monthly travel pass for a full month or a ten-day period will be replaced by travel passes for 30, 15 and 10 days.

20.11.2015

Who announces stops at Minsk's public transport?
Who announces stops at Minsk's public transport? Public transport stops are usually announced by a professional speaker or an actor, whose voice was once noticed among hundreds of others. Minsk residents hear these people thousands of times. Now let's take a look at them in real life! (video timecode 0:00) A new voice of the ground transport, Alexander Krapinevich, had to rewrite the phrase "Please, mind the closing doors!" 15 times. It was hard to reproduce the manner of the previous announcer, Eduard Danchenko, who did it strictly and friendly at the same time.

01.07.2015

Separate lanes for public transport in Minsk by September 2015
Separate lanes for public transport in Minsk by September 2015 Separate lanes for public transport will appear in Minsk in September 2015, Alexander Kaptyukh, chief of department of passenger transportation of the public institution "Metropolitan Transport and Communications" told reporters today. "We have identified five areas of the road network in Minsk where we urgently need separate lanes for public transport. By September, there will be dedicated lanes in such streets as Kuntsevshchina - Lobanka, Nemiga, Bobruiskaya, Independence Avenue (near Uruchcha) and Timiryazeva," said Mr Kaptyukh.

26.03.2015

Public transport fares in Minsk to go up to Br5,000 per ride In April, public transport fares will grow by Br500 and make up Br5,000. A ticket bought from drivers will cost Br5,500. Bus fares on express routes will be Br6,500. The exact date of the tariff increase is still unknown. Last time public transport fares increased in Minsk in December 2014 to Br4,500 from Br4,000 per trip.