Data paint bleak picture for Athens trans­port

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Higher gas prices and main­te­nance costs for the rapidly ag­ing fleet of the Athens Ur­ban Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OASA) are eat­ing away at its prof­its, the cash-strapped com­pany said in its an­nual re­port for op­er­a­tions in 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to the data, OASA col­lected 0.32 eu­ros for ev­ery pas­sen­ger jour­ney in 2015 com­pared with 0.38 eu­ros the year be­fore. More­over, ev­ery pas­sen­ger jour­ney cost OASA 0.55 eu­ros in 2015 com­pared with 0.38 eu­ros in 2014.

The rise in the cost of pro­vid­ing pub­lic trans­port has also re­sulted in poorer ser­vices for com­muters, the num­bers sug­gested.

For ex­am­ple, in 2015, the ve­hi­cles of fixed­track trans­port op­er­a­tor STASY (re­spon­si­ble for the Athens metro, the tram and the ISAP rail­way) and OSY (buses and trol­ley buses), which make up OASA, cov­ered a to­tal of 141.3 mil­lion kilo­me­ters, down from 145.8 mil­lion the pre­vi­ous year. Buses in par­tic­u­lar saw a sig­nif­i­cant de­cline, with their cov­er­age drop­ping from 84.1 mil­lion km in 2014 to 80 mil­lion in 2015. Even the metro – the main way of get­ting around the Greek cap­i­tal ef­fi­ciently – put in less work in 2015, cov­er­ing 33.3 mil­lion km from 33.5 mil­lion the year be­fore.

Pas­sen­ger num­bers, how­ever, also dropped from a to­tal of 651 mil­lion in 2014 to 631 mil­lion in 2015, with the small­est de­clines recorded on the tram and ISAP.

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