Intertraffic: The sense is that in isolation all these ideas are good, but they would serve Athens better if they were consolidated into one or could be coordinated into one Smart Athens app. I will return to my original question, though - if I am a visitor to Athens, how do I know that the city is actively helping me to get around rather than being obstructive?
PP: There is no unique way to take all the information that you want about transport in the Attica region, of which Athens is at the centre, so you have to go to different places. You have to use a public transport app for information on buses, trains and the metro, for example and if you want airport information you have to choose that. We don’t have one place where everything about the region is included. The Ministry of Transport has been informed very often that this type of organisation exists in many if not most European cities. A transport-oriented organisation that will have this role to connect all the different actors in Greece: the police, municipalities, the ministry – everything needs to be accessible under the same umbrella in order to solve all these problems in terms of strategy. This is something that is missing and it is regularly highlighted.
Panagiotis Papantoniou is Assistant Professor at the University of West Attica‘s Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering in Athens
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