ATHENS – Commuters will pay 20 cents less for all forms of public transportation as of Sept. 1 but valid ticket time is being reduced from 90 to 70 minutes, penalizing those who use buses.
The new ticket, priced at 1.20 euros, allows passengers to use the capital’s fixed-track network, buses and trolley buses although the old 1.40-euro tickets will remain valid until the end of March, 2015 as well for those who already bought some.
Bus tickets were already 1.20 so those who use that method of getting around won’t be saving money and now will have less time on the system before having to buy a new ticket.
Fare evasion is rampant in Greece, which uses paper tickets that supposedly have to be validated but many people board without tickets, risking the chance of being caught and paying 60 times the fare.
Existing one-year passes for buses, trolley buses and the tram, priced at 200 euros, will be valid until the date of expiration, while commuters will also have the option of upgrading them to include all modes of transport.
Holders of 450-euro passes, which allow for travel on all modes for one year, will also be able to keep using them until their expiration.
The reduction in the ticket price is part of an ongoing overhaul of the public transportation system introduced by the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA), henceforth named Transport for Athens (www.tfa.gov.gr).
The plan to improve the capital’s transport network also includes changes to bus routes so that they provide more connections to metro and ISAP electric railway stations as well as the inauguration of new routes in areas that receive irregular services.