Moscow residents will soon be able to charge their mobile phones and use the Internet at the city's public transport stops, the TASS news agency reported Friday.
By the end of the year, Moscow will have 181 bus stops equipped with USB ports for charging electronic devices and free wireless Internet, Maxim Liksutov, deputy mayor and head of the Moscow department of transport and road infrastructure, told TASS.
The move comes as City Hall tries to encourage Moscow residents to use public transport in an attempt to combat the city's massive traffic jams.
Public transport passengers will now be able to benefit from checking their email and accessing other online services free of charge, while drivers cannot avail themselves of the same opportunity, Liksutov said.
By the end of November, 450 Moscow bus stops will be equipped with free wireless Internet, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Friday.
In December last year, free Wi-Fi became available on all lines of the Moscow metro.