Greece To Build New Metro Line

ATHENS – One of Greece’s successes, a gleaming Metro system, will get a new line through the city, with construction set for the end of 2015, Transport Minister Michalis Chryssohoidis said in a press conference.

The length of the new line will be about 13 kilometers (8.07 miles,) with 14 stations, and not nine as originally announced, while the train will run without a driver, he added.

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, Deputy Transport Minister Michalis Papadopoulos and Attiko Metro operation company Chairman Christos Tsitouras attended the press conference.

The new line is expected to be completed in seven years, the Athens News Agency reported.

Chryssohoidis said that the first part of the new line, which will start from Veikou Park and will end at Goudi, passing through populated areas of Athens, such as Galatsi, Exarheia, Kolonaki and Zografou, will serve 220,000 passengers daily.

The project has important environmental benefits, as it is estimated to reduce the number of cars in the wider Athens area by 53,000 a day.