Athens – Attica Metro is new, modern, fast, comfortable, reliable and safe transport mode which has been gradually been in operation since January 2000 in Athens, Greece.
The two Metro lines (Line 2 & Line 3) serve 650,000 passengers per day in Athens. The existing Athens-Piraeus Electric Railway line (Line 1 – ISAP) carries approximately 415 thousand passengers per day. Passengers can perform ‘combined trips’, thus saving plenty of time on a daily basis.
The frequency of trips is every 3 minutes in rush hours and 5 to 10 minutes in non-rush hours. By car in rush hours it takes 35 minutes to drive from Ethniki Amyna to Syntagma, while by Athens Metro it takes only 10 minutes. A similar trip from Dafni to Omonia has been reduced from 35 to 9 minutes.
The Athens Metro is equipped with facilities at stations and in trains to accommodate Persons with Special Needs (PSN). Although such provisions were not included in the original scope of the contract, the ATTIKO METRO Board of Directors and the Ministry of Environment, Regional Planning and Public Works (Y.PE.HO.D.E.) believed strongly that such facilities should be included in the aforementioned scope and took all necessary actions to ensure their incorporation into the system
Tickets are bought through Automatic Ticket Machines installed at all Metro Stations or Ticket Offices. Before going on board the train, passengers need to validate their ticket through special validation machines. The price for the ticket is (EURO 0.70).
Art Program in the Metro System
Improvements have been made in the architectural finishes of the stations in relation to the initial design. The use of marble on the walls, of granite on the floors in combination with the use of pale colors and the intense lighting have contributed to create a friendly and satisfactory in terms of aesthetics environment.
However, the Metro System should become a point of reference and match with the character of Athens.For this reason, two main features were used: Archaeoligical Finds and Art.
There has been a thorough selection among the archaeological finds which came to light. Selected samples of the above are exhibited within the Metro Stations.
Concurrently, works of art created by famous Greek Artists grace most of the Metro Stations, thus, improving in terms of aesthetics the character of these stations visited by thousands of passengers on a daily basis.
Art Program Committee contributed to a great extent to the selection of the artists as well as of the materials and saw to their smooth integration into the Metro Stations.
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