Public transport is gaining in popularity

For the first time in 15 years, Athenians using public transport in the traffic-burdened capital outnumber their fellow citizens who still prefer to brave the congested streets in their cars, according to figures made public yesterday. A survey conducted last month by ISAP, the state company operating the Athens Kifissia-Piraeus electric urban railway, found that 44.6 percent of the 1,000 Athenians polled used public transport to get around the city on a daily basis. Some 39.8 percent used cars, while 11.5 percent rode motorcycles and 4.3 percent relied on taxis. The survey also found that the most common electric railway passengers are women aged 18-24. Furthermore, 66.4 percent of respondents said they felt pretty safe on the train, and most said they found ISAP timetables satisfactory. Papadopoulos now says that his withdrawal from politics is final. But one should never say never in politics; and his rivals are well aware of that. Rather than leaving the «inadequate minister» in peace, they attack him severely as if he were a sinister opponent.

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