More sale points now carry transport tickets
Transport authorities in Athens are stepping up their efforts to broaden the use of electronic travelcards by commuters despite the challenges the network is facing three months since the new ticketing system became fully operational.
The Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) said yesterday that paper travelcards valid for 10 or five journeys are now available at more than 1,000 points of sale in the capital, including kiosks, convenience stores and min- imarkets. The 10-ticket package also provides one free journey for a total cost of 13.50 euros. The five-journey ticket costs 6.50 euros.
The transport organization said that it has sent out a total of some 1.5 million new tickets, which do not require those who buy them to be registered with the transport authorities, as is the case with plastic monthly and annual travelcards.
Even though the switch to the electronic system was made last year, some passengers are still having difficulty buying tickets because of a lack of machines or staff at some metro stations. Some metro stations only have one automatic ticket machine. Work on upgrading the 70 machines that issued the previous type of ticket has yet to be completed.
Those looking to obtain reduced fares face the biggest challenge as the issuing machines do not cater for them.