Athens pilot will take place in the Greater urban area of Athens. Depending on the detailed design of the applications to be tested different locations will be chosen. For example applications addressed to visitors will be tested at Athens main entry points such as the airport and the railway station. Other applications combining route planning with environmentally criteria and integrated fare will be tested at main transfer stations and/or along the PT routes. The number of targeted users will approximately be 500-1000 users. OASA - Athens Public Transport Organization - serves the Athens greater area with a network of diesel, CNG, electric buses, light rail and metro through it’s two subsidiary companies.

Athens Greater area comprises 60 municipalities with a total population of approximately 4 million inhabitants. On a typical day approximately 8 million person trips take place, 2,7 m. of which by Public Transport modes. OASA, established in 1993, is the responsible Public Transport Authority for planning, coordinating and controlling the provision of public transport services, as well as for the financing and the economic supervision of the public transport system. OASA, controlled by the Ministry of Development, Infrastructure, Transportation and Networks, currently owns two operating companies, OSY SA and STASY SA which provide public transport services with buses and fixed track modes respectively. OSY utilizes 1.996 diesel / CNG and 366 electric buses over 290 routes and serving annually approximately 385 million people while STASY is comprised of the old metro (Line 1), the new Athens Metro System (Lines 2&3) and the Tram System (3 lines) serving in total approximately 265 million people per year. The Athens Greater Area is also served by the suburban rail system, run by the public company of PROASTIAKOS SA. OASA offers integrated fares using conventional paper tickets as well as monthly, annual and seasonal cards for unlimited travel with all the above modes operating in the area. OASA also offers passenger information through its website and through Google transit module based on PT schedules. OASA has established and applies Quality Management System according to ISO 9001:2008 certified by TÜV Rheinland.  

Athens, has a traffic and signaling control center, operated by the Traffic Police. Traffic data are acquired by 130 traffic sensors. Currently, 190 trolley buses, accounting for 50% of the respective trolley bus fleet, can be monitored from a control center in real-time with an analogue spatial information system with a basic AVL and fleet management functionality. This telematics system, installed in 1997, also includes voice (driver communication) and limited data capabilities (e.g PA information). A pilot fleet management system with enhanced functionality was installed in the CNG bus fleet system in 2002. Both systems will be replaced with the Passenger Information and Fleet Management System, which is in the final stage of the procurement process. OASA is responsible for developing both timetables and schedules for buses and trolleybuses, using specialized software (HASTUS) while its subsidiary company ‘STASY S.A’ is responsible for the same, for the Metro and Light rail networks using the “Microbus” software..  

 

More...