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Increases in commuter tickets anticipated

Δημοσίευση 3 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 10:48 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Increases in commuter tickets anticipated
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Increases in commuter ticket prices are anticipated in the New Year, in the context of the government's efforts for drastic reduction of the public transport organisations' deficits.

Increases in commuter ticket prices are anticipated in the New Year, in the context of the government's efforts for drastic reduction of the public transport organisations' deficits.

Although the new ticket prices have yet to be announced, according to sources at the Infrastructure, Transports and Networks ministry, the 1 euro ticket for public transport means in the wider Athens area are anticipated to increase by 30 percent to 1.30 euros, while increases are also expected for the unlimited travel passes (cards).

The ministry recently announced it was planning to reduce the state subsidy for public transport tickets from the current 70 percent to 50 percent, while the final decisions are slated to be announced in the coming month with the tabling of the ministry's bill for the restructuring of public transport means in parliament.

Substantial increases of up to 70 percent are expected in the Hellenic Rail (OSE) ticket prices, in the context of OSE's rationale to equate its prices with those of the KTEL inter-state buses, while increases in the Proastiakos suburban railway prices will be much smaller. Drastic restructuring of service, such as abolition of loss-making routes and enhancement of the more profitable routes are also expected at OSE.