Athens to get electronic ticket in all public transport in 2016

The board of the Athens’ Public Transport Organization (OASA) approved unanimously on Friday the completion of the first phase of a plan that will replace all paper public transportation tickets and cards with an electronic ticket in Athen's transportation system, opening for its implementation in 2016.

Athens to get electronic ticket in all public transport in 2016

The project is a public-private partnership (PPP) of 12-year duration, after which the work will be transferred entirely to OASA. The total cost amounts to 58.8 million euros, of which 49 pct (28,812 million euros) are provided by the NSRF and 51 pct derives from equity of the contracting company TERNA Energy and the South Korean company LG.

The electronic ticket will serve all passengers of public transportation - bus, trolley, tram, metro and suburban railway - and the charge will be based on the distance and frequency of use.

The agreement also includes the provision of supply and installation of the cancellation machines in all transport, as well as fare control equipment, and installation of entrance gates on metro stations and the suburban railway, which will open with "smart cards" and will be "charged" to pay proportionally to use.

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