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Transport tickets simplified February 8, 2008

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Transport authorities announced yesterday that an 80-cent ticket will be introduced on all modes of public transport and that the cost of monthly travel cards will be cut in a bid to tempt more Athenians onto trains, trams and buses.

A bi-ministerial committee decided that the simplification of ticket prices on Athens’s public transport system would help boost passenger numbers. At present, ticket prices on the metro, Athens-Piraeus electric railway, buses, trolley buses and tram are all different. There is a 1-euro ticket that allows passengers to use any form of transport in a 90-minute period.

As of May 1, however, this ticket will be priced at 80 cents and all other tickets will no longer be issued.

This will represent a 60 percent rise for passengers who use just buses or trolley buses. Tram riders will be forced to fork out 33 percent more and electric railway passengers will cough up 14 percent more. There will be no change for metro passengers.

However, transport officials believe that more passengers will benefit from the fact that they will be able to use more than one form of public transport for 90 minutes and only pay 80 cents.

The prices of monthly travel cards will also be cut with the aim of offering better value for the money to commuters. A monthlong ticket that can be used on the entire public transport network will cost 35 euros, instead of 38, from May 1. The price of a monthly pass for buses and trolley buses will be reduced from 17.50 to 15 euros.

These adjustments are the latest in a series of measures to encourage wider use of public transport in Athens. Another scheme, the extension of the hours of service on the electric railway and metro until after 2 a.m. on weekends, is due to begin tonight.

Late trains schedule to go ahead February 5, 2008

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The planned extension of the metro and electric railway (ISAP) timetables to run between midnight and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays will go ahead despite workers’ protests against the initiative, Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis said yesterday.

Meanwhile, the president of the metro drivers’ union, Christos Koukis, charged that the move would cost 300,00 euros per month to realize and said it would not benefit all Athenians.

Cab strike tomorrow February 5, 2008

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Taxi drivers in Athens and the rest of Greece are due to stage a 24-hour strike tomorrow to demand the right to increase their fares.

The cabbies want to hike their prices by more than the rate of inflation as they feel they have been unfairly hit by the rising price of fuel. The Transport Ministry has not approved the fare increases yet.

Municipality of Maroussi to bar cars February 2, 2008

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Municipality of Maroussi to bar cars from its main shopping streets during peak hours

Pedestrians will be able to walk freely on the streets in the center of Maroussi from Monday, it was revealed yesterday. The Municipality has decided to block cars from entering the cobblestone roads in the center of the northern Athens suburb during shopping hours.

Barriers will prevent vehicles from driving into the pedestrianized area between from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. as well as from 5.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Athens metro on line until after midnight January 30, 2008

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A two-month pilot scheme that will see trains on the metro system and the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway run until late on weekends will start Friday.

The scheme means trains will run until 2 o’clock on Saturday and Sunday mornings in a bid to offer Athenians an alternative to getting to and from their nighttime entertainment.

The Transport Ministry and the City of Athens have been in favor of the move as they see it as an obvious way to increase passenger numbers on lines 2 and 3 of the metro, which first opened to commuters seven years ago.

AMEL, the firm that operates the Athens Metro, estimates that the longer timetable will cost the company an extra 300,000 euros a month. Two-thirds of this cost will be for staff overtime.

Related Links > www.ametro.gr

UPDATE > 1 February 2008

Metro and railway workers threaten plan for longer hours on weekend

Plans for the metro and Athens-Piraeus Electric Railway (ISAP) to run for longer starting this weekend were thrown into confusion yesterday after workers said they will go on a two-hour work stoppage tonight at exactly the time the service is meant to be extended. The Transport Ministry has said the metro and the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway will run for an extra two hours until 2 a.m. to serve nighttime commuters during a two-month pilot scheme. Metro workers, however, have opposed the move and said they will walk off the job because they believe that more research should be carried out before the measure is introduced.

Beachside tram link now ready November 14, 2007

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The Athens tram will start itineraries on its newly built extension to the southern suburb of Voula tomorrow, according to its operator.

Trams will make the trip every 7.5 minutes and the extension is expected to be used by an estimated 2,500 commuters daily in addition to the 60,000 commuters already using the tram service. Currently the tram line ends in the nearby suburb of Glyfada.

Apart from serving residents of the southern suburbs, the extension will provide a connection to local beaches and the Asclepieio Hospital. From the new terminus, at Asclepieio Voulas, the trip to Palaio Faliron will take 29 minutes, to Nea Smyrni 36 minutes and to Kallithea 39 minutes.

A total of 11 million euros was spent on building the Voula route, which has been lined with more than 150 trees and 450 bushes. An extension of the tram to Piraeus is scheduled to be built by 2010, the Ministry has said.

Ticket vending machines will be available at the Voula stop which will also have a staffed ticket booth.

New ancient findings during metro excavation November 12, 2007

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Constructors come across ancient tombs at Holargos station

Metro train routes from Ethniki Amyna to Halandri and the Athens International Airport will stop in February for a six-month period due to the construction of new stations at Holargos and Aghia Parakevi, northern Athens.

Sources said that construction crews have come across ancient tombs at the Holargos station.