Thursday October 2, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
28o C
16o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Public transport: lack of cash and jobs keeps Greeks at home

By Alexandra Kassimi

A drop in the number of passengers, a reduction in the number of ticket validations and a rise in the fines imposed for fare dodging: This is the picture of the Greek crisis as experienced on the capitals buses, trolley buses, metro, electric railway and tram systems. Experts explain that the high unemployment has contributed to the drop in traffic as increasingly fewer people travel to and from work every day, while the reduction in disposable incomes has also curbed trips for shopping and entertainment.

Data published by the Athens Transport Organization (OASA) for 2009-12 show that the total number of passengers over that period on all modes of public transport dropped by 23.3 percent, or 200 million passengers. At the same time, an increase in the number of ticket inspections revealed a surge in fare dodging, though the exact number is hard to ascertain.

In July 2013, OASA said that 6,009 fines totaling 306,282 euros were imposed for fare dodging. Inspections almost came to halt the following month after a young man died while trying to escape being caught by an inspector on a trolley bus near central Athens, sparking widespread public outrage amid allegations that the inspector had been heavy-handed with the youth after finding that he did not have a ticket. Fear of backlash from the public prompted authorities to stop almost all inspections through early September, after which they began again in fits and starts.

That month, inspectors issued 6,076 fines totaling 318,432 euros, while in October the number of fare dodgers caught shot up to 11,195 and fines of 572,676 euros were imposed. This rise in fines is attributed to efforts to make inspections more efficient. From November through mid-December 2013 the number of fines stood at 8,058, worth 405,000 euros.

On the metro, the ISAP electric railway and the tram, the total number of fines from January to September 2013 came to 1.16 million euros compared to 884,039 euros in the same period in 2012, representing a rise of 31 percent. Including buses and trolley buses, fines rose 22.94 percent in January-September 2013 from the same period in the previous year to reach 3.2 million euros.

OASA expects to generate more revenues this year from fines on fare dodgers by hiring 70 more inspectors for the Greek capitals metro, electric railway and tram systems, who will not only check tickets on the trains and trams but also on platforms.

ekathimerini.com , Friday February 21, 2014 (18:23)  
Debunking myths on the Internet
Athens civil society program set to receive 1-million-euro boost
Childs tale of survival highlights tragedy of migrant shipwreck
GD withdraws to the shadows in Keratsini
Silver screen lights back up at Petit Palais cinema in Pangrati
Is it possible that the announcement of a movie theaters reopening can lift the morale of an entire neighborhood? As things stand in many urban neighborhoods around Greece, the opening or c...
2,300-year-old tomb-guarding girls revive Greek cultural hopes
When Greek archaeologists brushed away sandy soil to reveal two female statues guarding a tomb in Amphipolis this month, they put more than the 2,300-year-old town on the map. After six year...
Inside Life
Inside Travel
Inside Gastronomy
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Terror group link prompts police raids and arrests
2. Samaras to seek confidence vote in bid to rally coalition
3. Attica Bank said to have rejected notable offers
4. PMI index slides anew in September
5. Costa Navarino to host big events
6. Construction of F1 circuit at Patra to start by year-end
more news
Today
This Week
1. Air-raid sirens to go off all over Greece at 11 a.m. in drill
2. Mario Draghi to push ECB to buy Greek, Cypriot 'junk' loans: FT
3. Truth before the battle
4. Smallpox decimates sheep stocks in northern Greece
5. Thessaloniki transport gets more expensive
6. Bending the rules
Today
This Week
1. Greece may opt for unusual president to avoid snap polls, Venizelos says
2. Woman allegedly buried alive by accident in northern Greece
3. Salaries in Greece continue to slide, dipping 1.4 pct in Q2
4. Should you bet with Kissinger on where the world is heading?
5. Cypriots divided by 1974 war seek Shariah hub
6. The shocking thought of euro-dollar parity
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.