A new, user-friendly computer system for buses will soon be introduced at line 224, which connects the area of Kessariani to the Evelpidon Courts in Athens.
The measures will see ten new “smart stops” available to the Athenian public. Touch-screen computers will allow passengers to understand the actual route of their bus and its expected time of arrival at each station. Additionally, a new app available for tablets and smart phones will allow commuters to track bus routes and expected arrival times.
The number of telematic stops is expected to reach 100 within the next six months. The system, which officially begins operation in January 2016, will include installed equipment in 1,750 buses and 250 trolley-buses, according to the Center Management System and the Centers of Vehicle Surveillance and Monitoring Centre Communications of Athens.
The telematic stops are expected to help relieve Athens’s poor traffic circulation. In other cities, they have significantly reduced waiting time at bus stops. They also facilitate commuter travel, as the total time of expected travel is continuously updated according to known traffic conditions in various sections of the city.
Other upcoming meansures are aimed at reducing “fare dodging.” Turnstiles will be introduced at the front door of buses. These are expected as early as next month. Moreover, new bus routes will facilitate commuter travel to neighborhoods not currently accessible by Metro and Tram trains.