First of several ‘smart’ bus stops inaugurated

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis on Monday inaugurated the capital’s first “smart” bus stop, featuring electronic notice boards informing passengers how long they have to wait for their rides. He said that Line 224 connecting the neighborhood of Kaisariani with the Evelpidon main court complex will be the first of 100 such stops across Athens.

A telematic system connecting some 1,750 buses, 250 trolley buses and 1,000 stops is expected to be fully up and running by early 2016. The aim is to subsequently introduce a service that allows passengers to track buses and their estimated arrival times via their computers or smartphones.

The next smart stops are slated to open at another nine key locations including Evangelismos, Academias and Syntagma Square. By Christmas, commuters will be able to buy bus and trolley bus tickets via their smartphones.