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Old August 27th, 2005, 02:19 PM   #41
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Athens Metro is not so big (only 35km. I think), but is great!!
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actualy you are misstaken my friend the 35km that you are mentioned was on the first phase but you see for the second phase it was extended to 52km underground (up to dukissas and plakentiass) and then from there uperground to the airport (I thing its something like 30KM) and you see a lot of sources dont calculate the first existend line (ISAP) which is wrong and with that line you have above 90km... (on the map it is the green line)
and as you can see already on the MAP they are working already for the 3rd phase of extensions

here the newest map its from the official site of Attiko Metro

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Old August 28th, 2005, 11:22 AM   #42
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Athens Metro is not so big (only 35km. I think), but is great!!
lol a page back you were telling me that it was bigger than 52km.

52km Underground, a further 36km for the airport line plus the other stuff.
im sure that its 101km currently, or maybe soon
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Old October 7th, 2005, 12:37 PM   #43
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Athens Light Rail

ATHENS LIGHT RAIL



Athens has recently undergone a MAJOR facelift, one that has probarbly not been seen elsewere in Europe in the past 10 years. Most of this has come as a result of the olympic games.

One of the things implimented was the brand new light rail system in athens. The trams are among the most modern in the world. I personally love there modern futuristic appearance as well as the colour scheme.

Facts and Figures:
- Two Light rail lines
- 23.5km of Light rail tracks cover the city.
- 35 Tram cars
- Cost: EUR 125 million
- 4 new tramways proposed giving
the network 4.9km of tramways
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Old January 7th, 2006, 11:57 AM   #44
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Old January 7th, 2006, 02:34 PM   #45
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that is a really very beautiful tram, i like the shape and the colors. are there any extention plans for Athens tram?? Does anyone know????
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I believe there is but im not sure. I think there very beautiful Trams too. Ill try find some more info for you
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:O !!! that is really very cute!!!
can somebody post the originall Athens metro map
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:O !!! that is really very cute!!!
can somebody post the originall Athens metro map
No problem my friend!

The map below shows the complete Athens Metro Lines. The original line, as you have requested is the one in green. Hope this helps!



Metro Line 1 = Green

Metro Line 2 = Red

Metro Line 3 = Blue

Suburban Railway = Dotted gray line
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Old January 24th, 2006, 02:51 PM   #50
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can you post here the restored and displaying on a track the old historic tram of Athens?
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Old April 27th, 2006, 09:30 PM   #51
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One of the best metros worldwide!
Safe,modern,shiny,clean,every station is a museum (especially the Acropolis station).It's also quite cheap.
I remember one station (don't remember its name) was constructed in a way that daylight reached the platforms
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What an exquisite Metro! Every station is like a museum and with its own theme + that they're all so shining clean and kind of retro-old Greece, smashing!!!

Although I didn't like that very much the wagons the system in itself gets 10/10! oh yes!!! A true pearl!
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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:23 AM   #53
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Athens Metro study (with pictures)

Hi there! How about, a little visit to the Athens everexpanding Metro system.

Line 1: Piraeus-Kifissia
Line 2: Aghios Antonios-Aghios Dimitrios
Line 3: Monastiraki-Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
Line 4 (Proastiakos): Larissa Station-Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Total current network extension of the four lines 91 kms. The network is managed by 3 companies namely, ISAP (Line 1), Attiko Metro (Lines 2 and 3), OSE/Proastiakos (Line 4).

7 transfer stations: SYNTAGMA (lines 2,3), OMONOIA (lines 1,2), ATTIKI (lines 1,2), MONASTIRAKI (lines 1,2), NERATZIOTISSA (lines 1,4), DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS (lines 3,4).

OVERVIEW:

At the end of World War II, as the case was in the majority of European countries, the public transportation system of Athens was in ruins. A worn out tramway system in need of rehabilitation or replacement served the center of Athens. A single Metro line extended from the port of Piraeus north through Omonia Square -- the heart of the central business district of Athens -- to Attiki Square. Bus lines and taxi services that operated before the war were almost non-existent, most of their vehicles having been confiscated by the occupying forces or destroyed. Harking back to ancient times, walking had once again become the most common way to move in Athens.

The Greek Government, in order to address this situation, invited individuals who would possibly express interest in investing in acquiring buses and, on their own or along with partners, in providing public transportation services on lines of their choice. The owner of a bus, who was also driving the bus, was responsible for its operation and maintenance on a daily basis. Entrepreneurs responded and, in early postwar days, the investment in a bus was very profitable.

As people flocked to Athens looking for better employment opportunities than those existing in the provinces, the demand for public transportation services started to increase sharply. As a result, the bus owners started quarreling, since they all wanted their buses to run on one of the most lucrative high demand corridors.

The problems associated with unrestricted private enterprise led to the establishment of ''KTEL'', a body engaged in the administration and the co-ordination of bus services.This acronym stands for ''Common Treasury for Buses''in Greek. The KTEL system, though a little cumbersome, worked well and provided sufficient bus services in the 1950s and 1960s.

Other significant changes in the urban transit network occurred during this period. Electric trolley buses were introduced in 1949. By 1961, all local tramway lines in Athens had been replaced by electric or diesel buses.

The suburban tramway connecting Piraeus with Perama continued to operate until 1977 when they were replaced by diesel buses.

In the meantime, an attempt was made to develop a Metro System in the Wider Attica District. The existing line connecting Piraeus to Athens the city center had its origins in Greece's first steam railway, which was commissioned in 1869. This line extended from Thissio through Monastiraki to Omonia in 1894, was supplied with power and in 1904 was converted into one of the first metropolitan railways in Europe. In 1926, the line was extended from Omonia through Victoria to Attiki Square. Three decades later, the Metro extended via the right-of-way of an abandoned one-meter gauge steam railway, reaching Nea Ionia in 1956 and its current northern terminal in Kifissia in 1957.

The increased number of private cars and taxis acted as a check on the use of public transport. The annual ridesrhip dropped from 973 million passengers in 1965 to 510 million passengers in 1983. The after-cast loss of revenue, coupled with the galloping operating costs, made public transport unprofitable.

The Government, recognizing the contribution of public transportation modes to public welfare, started to supplement the revenues collected by the operators with subsidies, thus, offsetting their losses. Concerned about the poor quality of services provided by the public transportation system, the Government attempted to restructure it. In the 1970s, following systematic studies and extensive debates, the following major changes were made in the restructuring of public transportation modes:

The privately-owned Electric Transport Company, responsible for the operation of trolleybus lines in Athens, was dissolved in 1971 and replaced by ILPAP State Company.

The privately-owned Hellenic Electric Railway Company, operator of the Metro line and the Piraeus - Perama Tramway line, was dissolved in 1976 and replaced by ISAP State Company.

Until 1985, ISAP was responsible for the Athens Metro Project and by that time the Preliminary Design, which served as a basis for Line 2 & 3 Metro Project, had been completed, and the diesel bus lines which operated under the Common Treasury for Buses were taken over by EAS (EAS stands for the State Urban Transport Company) in 1978.

Recognizing the need for systematic planning, scheduling, as well as for setting a financial policy for the urban transportation modes, in 1978 the Government established the Urban Transport Organization as an independent state company aiming at coordinating and supporting the three aforementioned transport companies. ATTIKO METRO commenced the preparation of the Metro Development Study, a complete transport design for transport systems in Attica District in early 1995, in order to ensure the best possible co-operation with the other transport systems operating in Attica today or in the future.

In the postwar years, the lowest ridership rate, i.e. 510 million passengers, was recorded in 1983. Ever since, this rate has been increasing at a steady pace. In 1989, the ridership amounted to 644 million, i.e. there was a 26,3% increase in six years.

The future of urban transport in Athens looks brighter during the post World War II period. The operation of the two initial sections of two Metro Lines, 17 km long, has modified the complexion of the urban transport system, thus, improving the quality of services provided by the transportation modes. The construction of the four new extensions currently under way will add 14 km of Metro line, consisting of four extensions in lines2 and 3. The extension program towards Maroussi, Galatsi and Piraeus will further enhance the urban transportation system and, as a result, the Wider Attica District will enjoy a 5 lines Metro system, of quite more than 120 km long, whose lines will extend from the center of Athens to 8 different directions.

Besides, a large number of new ecological and diesel buses, operate in order to cover the needs of public transport, while it is scheduled to restructure the existing public transport fleet. In addition, the tramway system with 2 lines is a reality using modern state-of-the-art vehicles.

Transportation system in Athens has transformed into one of the most modern and reliable mode in Europe. The two-line tramway system is 26,1km long. The two tramway lines, which converge at Poseidonos Avenue where Paleo Faliro is located, ensure connection between the city centre and the coastal zone up to Elliniko (Line 1) and between Neo Faliro and Glyfada (Line 2).

The Proastiakos (4th line) system ensures access to ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS International Airport in 30 minutes from the city center, while it can cover the transportation needs of up to 1440 passengers at peak hours.

The above is to the benefit of the community, since there's a significant mitigation of air pollution in Athens, not to mention noise mitigation. As a result, Athens becomes a human city for both residents and visitors.

The Athens Metro construction is divided into different project times

BASE PROJECT (COMPLETED)

(ETHNIKI AMYNA-MONASTIRAKI & SEPOLIA-DAFNI) commenced in November 1991. The original plan was to construct a network approximately 18 km with 20 stations in 2 Lines. However, one Station (KERAMIKOS) and approximately 0.7km of adjacent tunnels were deleted from the scope of the Project in 1997, thus, reducing the Project scope to 17.3 km of network with 19 stations. The first 13 km of tunnel including 14 stations (one double at SYNTAGMA), i.e. SYNTAGMA - ETHNIKI AMYNA Line 3 Section and SEPOLIA – SYNTAGMA Line 2 Section were commissioned in January 2000, while 5 additional km with 5 stations at SYNTAGMA-DAFNI tunnel section were commissioned in November 2000. The two aforementioned sections were completed within the framework of CSF A' and B'.

The 1,4 km SYNTAGMA-MONASTIRAKI tunnel section, which was the last remaining section of the Base Project including one station (MONASTIRAKI), was commissioned in April 2003.

With regard to the Base Project, the Metro has financed the execution of archaeological excavations extending over 69,000 square meters – the largest ever archaeological excavation project in Athens. The areas, where archaeological finds were revealed, are closely controlled and monitored, for the protection and conservation of the finds.Specialized Archaeologists of the Ministry of Culture perform excavation works in this area, recorded, presented in detail and stored all finds. In order to minimize the possibility of encountering antiquities, the Metro tunnels were constructed at a depth of 20 meters, a level which is much lower than the one where antiquities are usually encountered. Extensive archaeological investigations were carried out, while some of them remain under way as far as the extensions' project is concerned, while significant finds have been revealed at the extension to EGALEO.

Where possible and based on the recommendations of the archaeologists, the archaeological finds are displayed in relation to the Metro project (exhibition at SYNTAGMA and DAFNI Stations, exposure at Syntagma Square).

FIRST GENERATION PROJECT (UNDERWAY WITH SOME STATIONS ALREADY COMMISIONED)

The First Generation of the Metro Extensions is divided into the Extensions which have already been commissioned and the Extensions which are under construction.

Line 3 Extension to Airport

Upon commissioning of HALANDRI and DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS Stations (late July 2004), there is direct link between the Airport and the city center (Syntagma) in 37 minutes or between the Airport and the Piraeus Port -via a transfer to the Line 1 at Monastiraki Station- covered within approximately 60 minutes.

This extension comprises three new Stations (HALANDRI, DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS, AIRPORT), 5,6km of underground line and 20,7km of surface line (of line 4 or Proastiakos).

HALANDRI and DOYKISSIS PLAKENTIAS Station are located below Doukissis Plakentias Station; the former at the intersection with Grevenon Street, the latter at the intersection with Attiki Odos.

Moreover, CALATRAVA pedestrian bridge near KATEHAKI Station as well as a new surface car park area with total capacity of 250 parking spaces (located beside the pedestrian bridge) have been also commissioned in July 2004.

The construction of CALATRAVA pedestrian bridge enabled connection of both sides of Messogion Ave in order to facilitate access from the western side of the avenue to KATEHAKI STATION which is located on the eastern side. At a later stage, in 2007, HOLARGOS and NOMISMATOKOPIO Stations will be added to the Metro network. As to AGHIA PARASKEVI Station, during the execution of tunnel boring works to Doukissis Plakentias,it will be required to interrupt the Metro line operation at Nomismatokopio-Halandri tunnel section for an approximate three-month period.
This extension serves 55, 000 pasengers on a daily basis.

Line 4 (Proastiakos)

The line 4 was comissioned in July 2004 and has a coverage of 38.950 kms LARISSA STATION-AIRPOR. This line shares 20,7 kms of the rails with line 3 from Dukissis Plakentias to the Airport station. The trip from Larissa Station to the airport is covered in 38 minutes with state-of-the-art climatized high speed trains.

Line 2 Southbound Extension to HELLINIKO

The First Phase of the said Extension was completed upon commissioning of DAFNI - AGHIOS DIMITRIOS/ALEXANDROS PANAGOULIS tunnel section (June 2004). AGHIOS DIMITRIOS/ALEXANROS PANAGOULIS Station located at the intersection of Vouliagmenis Avenue with Vassilissis Olgas Str. has four entrances/exits.

At the surface level, bus transfer facilities have been constructed in order to facilitate the passengers' daily trips from the southern suburbs of Athens.

Tendering procedure for the construction of the remaining four stations of the Extension (AGHIOS DIMITRIOS/ALEXANDROS PANAGOULIS -HELLINIKO), 5,5 km long. The contract related to the extension to HELLINIKO was signed in early March 2006. This new extension will add 5,5 km to the network and four new stations (ILIOUPOLI, ALIMOS,ARGYROUPOLI and HELLINIKO).

The project was decided to be finally constructed below surface given that, following a thorough examination of the construction method, it turned out that with a slight difference in the cost estimate of the project and only a 6-month delay, the total of the extension could be constructed below surface, thus withdrawing from the solution related to the construction of an elevated bridge along Vouliagmenis Avenue, which would create significant sound and visual disturbance in the surrounding area.

The construction of the Project will commence in May 2006, while the total of the extension is expected to be delivered late 2009. The extension is to serve the needs of at least 80,000 passengers on a daily basis.
The Contractor of the Project is the Consortium AKTOR ATE - SIEMENS AG - VINCI CONSTRUCTIONS GRANDS PROJETS.

Westbound Line 3 Extension:

Line 3 extension from Monastiraki to Haidari is 5,8km long, includes 4 stations (VOTANIKOS, ELEONAS, EGALEO & HAIDARI) and 7 ventilation shafts. The Line follows the axis of Iera Odos and prior to the commencement of construction works, it was deemed necessary to carry out long-lasting and laborious archaeological excavation at 17 worksites (Stations, entrances/exits of the stations, ventilation shafts, access shafts for the construction of the tunnel of the extension).

Recently (in October 2005) the boring of the tunnel along the entire length of the extension was completed and the permanent lining of the tunnels is at an advanced stage (completed by 75%). COncurrently, civil works proceed at a rapid pace at all the construction faces in order to serve areas with heavy traffic load (Egaleo, Iera Odos, Thivon) and significant environmental pollution.

With this project, budgeted at 200 million euros, Line 3 of the Athens Metro is further extended in the western suburbs, thus reaching the areas of Haidari and Aghia Varvara.

Following the unsealing of the Financial Offers and based on the outcome of the Tender, ALPIN-TERNA-PANTECHNIKI-POWELL is the Contractor of the Project.

On February 20th 2006, the contract of the project was signed and construction works will soon commence for the extension of the network by approximately 1.5 km of Line and for the addition of an extra Station (HAIDARI). This contracting work also includes the construction of a Depot in the area of Eleonas which is expected to be commissioned in 2007, while the Line to HAIDARI in 2008. This extension is anticipated to serve on a daily basis more than 30,000 passengers.

Westbound extension of line 2:

Line 2 extension from AGHIOS ANTONIOS Station to ANTHOUPOLI is 1.5 km long and includes two modern Stations: PERISTERI and ANTHOUPOLI. In this way, the area of Peristeri will be served by three Metro Stations.
The Contractor of the Project is expected to be announced in May 2006 and immediately afterwards construction works for both new Stations at Peristeri will commence.

It is pointed out that based on the recent outcome of the geotechnical investigations in the area of ANTHOUPOLI Station, opposite Aghios Ierotheos football field, the soil is completely inappropriate for the construction of an underground tunnel, approximately 350 meters long, which is necessary as a termination past every terminal station. This means that the construction of the Station put at great risk the project itself and the adjacent residencies, while it would not allow further extension of the Line towards Kipoupoli, Petroupoli and Ilion.

For all the reasons mentioned above, ATTIKO METRO S.A. decided to finally relocate ANTHOUPOLI Station by approximately 300 southwards. In particular, based on the new scheduling, the aforementioned Station is located underneath Anapafseos Street at the section between Dodekanissou and Thivon streets.

It is pointed out that this compulsory relocation of the Station was carried out following the examination of all the alternative technical solutions in conjuction with the geotechnical data of the area, in order to maintain the Station at its initial location. In any case, ANTHOUPOLI Station, the third station located in the area of Peristeri, at its new location is also expected to serve in the best possible way the daily trips of the residents as well as of the visitors in the wider area of Anthoupoli, of Peristeri Park, of the Municipal Exhibition Centre etc. The ridership of this extension is estimated to rise to 50,000 persons on a daily basis.

Line 3 stations addition:

Based on the scheduling of the Ministry of PEHODE as to the Metro development, the procurement process related to the commencement of necessary for the completion of HALANDRI and DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS Stations, as well as the construction of AGHIA PARASKEVI Station commenced in January 2005. The estimated budget rises to 80 million euros. The aim is to have the first two stations delivered within 2007, while AGHIA PARASKEVI Station is expected to be delivered within 2008.

Due to the fact that the shell of AGHIA PARASKEVI Station was not constructed during the boring of the tunnel to Doukissis Plakentias, the Metro line operation will be interrupted at Nomismatokopio - Halandri tunnel section for an approximate three-month period of time. Passengers shall travel to/from the city center to Halandri and ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS Airport by bus during the aforementioned time period.

The completion of the three Metro Stations coincides with the completion of the Line towards EGALEO and HAIDARI. Therefore, Metro Line 3 will be named HAIDARI - DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS, thus serving 17 stations and 20,1km of underground tunnel..

Line 3 Haidari-Evagelistria extension:

Upon completion of Phase 1 of Line 3 extension from Monastiraki to Haidari,
Metro Line 3 extension will start from HAIDARI Station and will end at EVANGELISTRIA Station. It will include seven new stations and will be 8.1 km long as a total. It will serve the western suburbs of Attica Basin (Aghia Varvara, Nikaia, Korydallos), as well as those of Piraeus, where there will be 4 modern Stations (TAMBOURIA, PIRAEUS, MUNICIPAL THEATRE and EVANGELISTRIA).

Line 3 extension from HAIDARI to PIRAEUS and EVANGELISTRIA is expected to serve more than 160,000 passengers on a daily basis, thus performing their trips safely and comfortably.

Upon implementation of this extension, Line 3 shall be 49 km long (28,3 km out of which will be underground) connecting EVANGELISTRIA to ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS Airport, via the Athens centre in less than 50 minutes.

PLANNED EXTENSION UPON FIRST GENERATION PROJECT COMPLETED

New Line 5 from Alsos Veikou to Maroussi

According to the Metro Development Study (1996 - 2000), the approved Athens Metro Development Plan provides for the construction of two new Extensions, which are, in essence, branches of the existing Lines, such as Line 2 branch (Panepistimio-Exarhia-Alexandras-Dikastiria-Kypseli-Galatsi-Alsos Veikou) and Line 3 branch (Panormou-Faros-Sidera-OAKA-Paradissos-Maroussi).

Following some recent investigations, it appeared that due to technical reasons the said extensions could not be branches of the existing Lines, since this scenario presents important construction and operational deficiencies (interruption of line operation, complex construction, high cost, frequency of trips, etc.).

In this framework, ATTIKO METRO S.A. examined the option to proceed with the interconnection of the said extensions and their development as a new autonomous U-shaped Line 5, which shall include the two aforementioned branches (towards Galatsi and Maroussi) and a central section connecting 8 new Metro stations: Panepistimio, Evangelismos, Pangrati/Kaissariani, Ano Ilissia, Zografou, Goudi, Katehaki, intersecting the extisting Line 2 (at Panepistimio) and Line 3 (at Evangelismos & Katehaki).

This new Metro Line 5 (Alsos Veikou - Panepistimio - Katehaki - Maroussi) is 19,6 km long, with 20 stations and its cost estimate rises to approximately 2.1 billion euros, while it is anticipated not only to alter dramatically the transportation map of Athens, but also upgrade life in Attica Basin.

The construction of the new Line 5 presents significant advantages, such as:

-Transportation service of many new densely populated areas of the city (Galatsi, Kypseli, Pangrati, Kaissariani, Zografou, areas adjacent to Kifissias Avenue, etc). It is estimated that the new Line will serve more than 400,000 passengers on a daily basis.
-Service of many important facilities, such as Hospitals, University Foundations and Courts.
-By increasing the Metro branches the number of transfer stations will be higher, thus, facilitating transfers among the Metro Lines.
-'Decongestion' of the existing Metro stations where there is a constantly increasing number of passengers (Syntagma, etc.).

YPEHODE has approved the relevant resources for the funding of the new Metro Line 5 design. The branches towards Galatsi and Maroussi are already in the phase of design, while the design of the new connection branch is in the phase of procurement.

Based on the recent design of ATTIKO METRO S.A., the development and the operation of Line 5 can be effected by implementing a special funding scheme which concerns the securitization of future toll revenue of Attiki Odos for a certain period of time following its concession to the Greek Government. In this way, the construction of the new Metro Line 4 shall burden neither the state budget nor the funds of the 4th CSF.

The aforesaid issue is a critical one with many parameters which is under consideration and I intend to bring it for discussion within the framework of the government.

Finally by the development of the Metro, the Tramway and the Suburban Railway an extensive railway network is created at the Prefecture of Attica, approximately 500km long and the average travel time is reduced by 20%, whereas, the average travel speed will increase by approximately 56%.

Raising thus the Athens mass transit system among the most modern ones not only of Europe but the world within the next decade, and improving the life of the 5 million Athenians.

THE NETWORK TRAINS






















Now let's take a trip in one of the lines, randomly I choosed line "2"

STATIONS

Aghios Antonios











Sepolia





Attiki







Larissa Station





Metaxourgihion-Plateia Karaiskaki





Omonoia





Panepistimio





Syntagma











Akropoli







Fix-Syngrou




Neos Kosmos



Aghios Ioannis





Dafni







Aghios Dimitrios-Alexandros Panagoulis







Finally a few pictures showing the progress of the extensions:

EXTENSION TO PERISTERI:









Peristeri Station


EXTENSION TO HELLINIKO



EXTENSION TO EGALEO AND HAIDARI









Egaleo Station


Egaleo Station


Egaleo Station




Aghios Savas station


Votanikos Station


ADDED STATIONS TO LINE 3:

Holargos


Holargos


Holargos


Nomismatokopio


Nomismatokopio


Nomismatokopio


Aghia Paraskevi



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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:29 AM   #54
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I havnt read it yet because I need to go now but nice pics and Brilliant Metro!
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Old April 28th, 2006, 02:27 PM   #55
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I have been in many metros in Europe and I can tell you that Athens Metro is definetly the most clean and refreshing Metro.

Its so inspirational, so elegant. It dosnt have the awful smells that many metros bare and its museum is as impressive as the system itself!
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Old April 28th, 2006, 06:45 PM   #56
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For an exhaustive study of current Athens metro network as well as extensions underway and other planned ones, visit

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=344019

It's also full of pictures.
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Old April 28th, 2006, 07:21 PM   #57
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is a very good subway, nice and clean stations and Syntagma is gorgeos!!
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Old April 29th, 2006, 10:41 PM   #58
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Wow...some text. Since one picture tells you more than a thousand words, I've taken the liberty of not reading the text (it'd cost me a day), but just to be amazed by the pictures. It's a great system!
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Old April 30th, 2006, 06:38 AM   #59
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I actually read the text and found it to be very interesting and well-written. You did a terrific job of tracing the development of Athens public transportation since WWII.

A few questions:

1. I noticed in your photos that the ticket turnstiles at the station entrances don't appear to block the entrance; it looks like you just scan your ticket while walking by. I must be missing something but since the entrance doesn't appear to be blocked, how are people prevented from simply walking into the metro without a ticket?

2. Are those your photos of the line extensions? Do you work for Attiko Metro?

3.Finally, what are these guys staring at?


Thanks again - Kent
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Old April 30th, 2006, 08:55 PM   #60
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Hi, no I don't work in Attiko Metro, the under construction pics are official Atiko Metro pics, unfortunately I don't own a digital camera yet but expecting to buy one soon. Anyway I've been down there and took my visits a few years ago (in base project construction times, namely Panepistimio Station work place, now completed years ago).

As for the lack of turnstiles....hehe I guess it's a trust issue...I guess. Anyway there're inspectors wandering around that ask you for the ticket and if you don't have any "valid" one, you'll have to pay a fine.

Anyway if you take on mind that in some metro networks like the one in Paris to mention one, there are not only turnstiles but blocking gates, in order to have access....to paradise... sorry metro service.

As for the guys, they have been hypnotized since there's a wizard going around there that is a real pain in the ass, I hope authorities do something soon.... heheh no, just kidding. Actually what they are staring at is the ancient findings, they found under the excavation process, as you know in Greece every time you dig a hole in cities it's quite possible to find prehistoric/ancient/medieval artifacts.

That's why many stations of Athens where they found these artifacts are now exhibiting them. Many people use to say they are not metro stations with museums inside them but in fact museums with metro stations.

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