E-tick­ets for Athens pub­lic trans­port set for more de­lays

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The on­go­ing saga over the in­tro­duc­tion of an elec­tronic tick­et­ing sys­tem for Athens pub­lic trans­port is set to con­tinue with more de­lays in its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Last month, Trans­port Min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis said that the sys­tem will be up and run­ning in Au­gust rather than on June 1, from an orig­i­nal tar­get for last spring. This new tar­get, how­ever, may be fur­ther de­ferred to the fall as ef­forts to set up the nec­es­sary in­fras­truc­ture to sup­port the sys­tem have been ham­pered by ob­jec­tions from the Data Pro­tec­tion Author­ity over the in­clu­sion of peo­ple’s so­cial se­cu­rity num­bers on monthly and yearly travel cards.

The Athens Pub­lic Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OASA) last month said it would scrap the so­cial se­cu­rity num­ber re­quire­ment and re­frain from keep­ing files track­ing com­muters’ move­ments. It is now wait­ing for fi­nal ap­proval from the DPA, hope­fully this month.

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