More sale points now carry trans­port tick­ets

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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.

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