Installation of Athens metro barriers goes at snail’s pace

Posted by Christian J. Hadjipateras 17/04/2018 0 Comment(s) Economia Blog,

The installation of barriers at stations of the Athens metro continues to progress and an extremely slow place, thus allowing fare dodging to continue.

According to the Kathimerini, the barriers have only been activated at 31 out of 65 stations, including the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway. ISAP barriers are operational at only four out its 24 stations. The delay is due to understaffing at stations.


The gradual activation of the barriers has already had a notable effect on revenues. However, it will be extremely difficult to make up for the losses from widespread fare dodging. Although their number has fallen, some people still refuse to pay their way, even at stations that have activated the barriers as these keep at least one gate open for the unemployed and people with special needs because technical problems have delayed the printing of e-tickets for these two categories of commuters.

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