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Athens cuts public transport fares to boost use (Greece)

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 07 Oct 2014

To make public transport more affordable, fares on Athens public transport have been cut. Additionally, new measures will be implemented to tackle avoidance of fares.

Single journey tickets will be reduced from € 1.40 to € 1.20, while monthly travel cards for all modes will be lowered from € 45 to € 30. The new policy will go into effect from 1 September 2014.

Athens public transport will also reinforce ticket inspections and develop electronic ticketing to cut down on avoidance of fares. Tickets will still be available for purchase at over 5 000 sales points across the city.

'Despite the fact we expect these decisions to result in an annual €10 million decrease in revenue, we expect an increase of passenger traffic which will compensate for any revenue losses,' commented Michalis Chrysochoidis, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks.

'This is not just a decrease, it is an integrated intervention; an intervention that paves the way. We need to radically change the way the public administration works.'

For more information, visit neokosmos.com (in English).

Photo: Tilemahos Efthimiadis

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