Commuters will have to dig deeper into their pockets for a ride on public transport starting in March, as the government announced yesterday that ticket prices will go up by as much as 16 percent. In a joint decision made by the Finance and Transport ministries, the price hikes will range between 11 to 16 percent. Bus and trolley tickets will go up to 50 cents from 45 cents currently, while commuters on the metro will be charged 80 cents per ride rather than 70 cents. The Transport Ministry pointed out that this is the first hike in ticket prices since 2000 and that average increase is about 9 percent. The tram and suburban railway line have escaped the price changes that could have deterred Athenians from using the two transport means that have recently shown signs of improved usage. Monthly and annual transport cards will also escape the hikes. Taxis will cost more, as the flag-fall will go up to 1 euro from 80 cents and the minimum charge will be 2.50 euros.