ECONOMY

Proposal for hike in Athens public transport fares

Validating a ticket for the bus or any other means of public transport may well cost passengers 20 percent more as of January, if the Infrastructure Ministry heeds the recommendations for an increase in fares, within the context of the Athens Urban Transport Organization’s (OASA) restructuring. The five public transport companies under the OASA umbrella (concerning buses, trolleys, trams, the metro and the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway, or ISAP) call for the main 90-minute ticket to cost 1.20 euros from the 1 euro fare today, with a rise in annual and monthly travel cards as well. The government has yet to decide on the issue but is planning the merger of the five companies into two, one covering buses and trolleys and the other with the rest. The ministry is also seeking optimum ways for improving the services offered to the public and for dealing with nonpaying passengers.