All change for transport prices

Tickets that allow commuters to use any mode of public transport in Athens for up to 90 minutes are going up in price from tomorrow but those who regularly ride the metro, bus, tram, electric railway or trolley bus could find travel becoming a little cheaper. The 90-minute ticket, which was reduced in price from 1 euro to 80 cents in May will go back up to 1 euro from January 1. The Transport Ministry says however that it is accompanying this steep rise in the basic ticket with savings for regular commuters. According to the ministry, the new pricing policy is aimed at encouraging Athenians to use the public transport network on a regular basis rather than for one-off or infrequent journeys. Currently, four in 10 Athenians use public transport regularly. As a result, the cost of a monthly travel card for buses, trolley buses and the tram will come down from 17.50 euros to 15. A monthly ticket for the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway will cost 25 euros. A month’s travel on the metro will cost 30 euros. The last two tickets have not previously been available to commuters. A monthly travel card for use across the entire public transport system will cost 35 euros rather than the current 38. The cost of yearly tickets is also coming down, on buses, trams and trolley buses from 175 euros to 150. The all-in-one ticket for all modes will set commuters back 350 euros as opposed to 380. A year’s travel on the electric railway will cost 250 euros and 300 euros on the metro. The debt-ridden Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) is also expected to announce fare changes soon. PASOK criticized the government for raising the price of the 90-minute ticket, pointing out that the price of some tickets had been increased by up to 100 percent in May, The party’s transport spokesman, Nikos Sifounakis, said that the government’s pricing policy was targeting low-income groups at a time of economic crisis.

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