Trans­port firms to get e-ticket boost

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Pub­lic trans­port com­pa­nies in the Greek cap­i­tal are hop­ing that the ap­proval of a long-awaited elec­tronic tick­et­ing sys­tem will help re­store their fi­nances to good health as it is ex­pected to com­bat fare dodg­ing, which is es­ti­mated to have led to the firms miss­ing out on be­tween 40 and 60 mil­lion eu­ros each year. The e-tick­et­ing scheme, which in­cludes new bar­ri­ers at metro and elec­tric rail­way sta­tions in Athens, was given the go-ahead a few days ago by the Hel­lenic Data Pro­tec­tion Author­ity (APPD), which pre­vi­ously had con­cerns about the sys­tem breach­ing pri­vacy laws. Re­coup­ing the losses they suf­fer due to fare dodg­ing is vi­tal for STASY and OSY, the two com­pa­nies that come un­der the author­ity of the Athens Ur­ban Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OASA). Their com­bined deficits for this year are ex­pected to come to just over 58 mil­lion eu­ros. The new sys­tem, which al­lows pas­sen­gers to use elec­tronic cards onto which they can load cash to pay for their jour­neys at au­to­matic ma­chines in­stalled at sta­tions around the cap­i­tal, had been ex­pected to be put into ac­tion sev­eral months ago. This, along with sev­eral at­tacks on in­spec­tors, meant checks were min­i­mized.

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