Upgrade to public transport e-ticket system start date delayed to August
Implementation of the new e-ticket system for public transport is set to be delayed yet again. The new ticket machines are now a familiar site mainly across the Athens Metro network, but one is still able to simply walk through them. Many have also been damaged by vandals who seem to have a problem with the idea of paying.
The much-anticipated arrival of the upgrade, which will bring the city in to line with the majority of other European cities, has been hampered once again with delays. The main issue appears to be from the Data Protection Authority (DPA) over their objections to people’s social security numbers being visible on monthly or yearly travel cards. However, the Athens Public Transport Organisation (OASA) has since indicated that they would scrap this requirement and are now awaiting the DPA’s response.
Transport minister Christos Spirtzis had indicated that it would commence in August rather than June, which was the original target set last year and it emains to be seen if that will be the case.