Old and young to get cheap public transport

Elderly citizens and those under 18 are among those who will benefit from a new initiative heralded yesterday by Transport and Communications Minister Evripidis Stylianidis that will halve the cost of public transport from May 1. In Athens, the price of tickets on the metro, bus and trolley bus networks as well as the tram are to drop by 50 percent for certain groups of citizens with relatively low incomes, the minister said. Beneficiaries include those aged over 65, who until now only been eligible for reduced fares on travel to the airport. The cheaper fares will also apply to all those aged under 18 and to students of private vocational schools aged under 22. Foreign schoolchildren and university students visiting from abroad will also be able to take advantage of the initiative by showing their student identification.