Line 3 (Athens Metro)

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Logo of the Athens Metro Operating Company (AMEL).svg
Athens Metro Line 3.svg
Προς Αγία Μαρίνα/Αεροδρόμιο
To Agia Marina/Airport
Doukissis Plakentias ticket hall
Overview
TypeRapid transit
SystemAthens Metro
TerminiAgia Marina
Doukissis Plakentias/Airport
Stations21 (6 under construction)
Colour on mapLight blue
Operation
Opened28-Jan-2000
Operator(s)Statheres Sygkoinonies S.A.
CharacterDeep level
Depot(s)Agia Marina, Plakentias
Rolling stockMetro 1st, 2nd and 3rd (DC and AC/DC) series
6 cars per trainset
Technical
Line length41 km (25.5 mi)[1]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC and 25 kV AC
Route map
Dimotiko Theatro** Logo of the Athens Tram (icon only).svg
Piraeus** Proastiakos icon (no text).svg Athens Metro Line 1.svg
Maniatika**
Nikaia**
Korydallos**
Agia Varvara**
Agia Marina
Egaleo
Eleonas
Kerameikos
Monastiraki Athens Metro Line 1.svg
Syntagma Logo of the Athens Tram (icon only).svg Athens Metro Line 2.svg
Connection with Athens Metro Line 2.svg
Evangelismos Athens Metro Line 4.svg*
Megaro Moussikis
Ambelokipi
Panormou
Katehaki Athens Metro Line 4.svg*
Ethniki Amyna
Holargos
Nomismatokopio
Agia Paraskevi
Chalandri
Proastiakos icon (no text).svg towards SKA
Doukissis Plakentias[a] Proastiakos icon (no text).svg
Track south of here owned by OSE
Pallini
Paiania–Kantza
Koropi
Airport Athens International Airport
(*) Planned     (**) Under construction

Line 3 of the Athens Metro runs from Agia Marina to Airport, via Syntagma, although most of the trains reverse at Doukissis Plakentias. The section from Agia Marina to the tunnel portal east of Doukissis Plakentias is underground, and the section from Doukissis Plakentias to Airport is shared with Proastiakos Athens suburban trains, implementing a form of the Karlsruhe model.

It first opened, between Ethniki Amyna and Syntagma, on 28 January 2000, with Line 2. In 2012, construction works commenced for the final underground extension of Line 3 to Dimotiko Theatro via Piraeus, for completion by 2021.[2]

Stations[edit]

Line 3 map (Athens metro).png

This is a list of stations on Line 3.

Name Opening
date
Transfers Platform
types
Athens Metro Line 3
Agia Marina 14 December 2013 none Side
Egaleo 26 May 2007 Island
Eleonas Side
Kerameikos
Monastiraki 22 April 2003 Athens Metro Line 1.svg Line 1 Island
Syntagma 28 January 2000 Athens Metro Line 2.svg Line 2, Athens Tram Line 4.svg Athens Tram Line 5.svg Tram Side
Evangelismos none
Megaro Moussikis
Ampelokipi
Panormou
Katehaki
Ethniki Amyna Island
Holargos 23 July 2010 Side
Nomismatokopio 2 September 2009
Agia Paraskevi 30 December 2010
Chalandri 24 July 2004
Doukissis Plakentias 28 July 2004 Proastiakos icon (no text).svg Proastiakos
Pallini 20 September 2006 Island
Paiania-Kantza 10 July 2006
Koropi
Airport 30 July 2004

Rolling Stock[edit]

Dual voltage ROTEM-supplied stock with greater luggage space is used for services to Athens International Airport. Line 3 rail vehicles utilize 750 V DC third rail current collection between Agia Marina and Doukissis Plakentias, changing to 25 kV AC overhead catenary while operating on the Proastiakos suburban railway for access to/from the airport.

Extension to Piraeus[edit]

A Line 3 train approaching the northbound platform of the Nomismatokopio station

On 1 March 2012 a contract was signed between Attiko Metro S.A. and a joint venture for the construction of the extension of Line 3 from Aghia Marina to Piraeus, 7.6 km long with six stations. Upon completion in 2021,[3] the extension will bring the Korydallos and Nikaia municipalities into the network's catchment area, serve approximately 132,000 passengers on a daily basis and will connect the port of Piraeus, the largest passenger port of Europe [4] with the Athens International Airport in just 1 hour.[5]

  • Agia Varvara (Spring 2020)
  • Korydallos (Spring 2020)
  • Nikaia (Spring 2020)
  • Maniatika (Summer 2021)
  • Piraeus (Summer 2021)
  • Dimotiko Theatro ("Municipal Theatre", Summer 2021)

Notes
- The original plans included one more station after Dimotiko Theatro, named Evaggelistria. The station was cancelled a little before construction started.
- There are plans to build a station between Korydallos and Nikaia named Perivolaki.

2018 timetable controversy[edit]

On 1 November 2018, the Urban Rail Transport Company (STASY) introduced a new timetable that scrapped direct metro services to the airport from the city centre, due to the lack of spare parts for the fleet. At the time, travellers from the city centre to the Airport had to change at Doukissis Plakentias. Reception towards the timetable changes was overwhelmingly negative: the negative reception included a complaint by the Minister for Transport, Thanos Vourdas, claiming that STASY required ministerial approval to scrap the airport trains.[6] On 9 November 2018, STASY decided to reinstate the original service pattern, from 10 November 2018.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some Line 3 trains terminate and reverse at Doukissis Plakentias.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Operation", AMEL - Athens Metro Operation, Attiko Metro Operation Company, 31 December 2010, retrieved 2 September 2012
  2. ^ "AttikoMetro Inside - Piraeus". Attiko Metro S.A. 5 September 2012. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.ypodomes.com/index.php/statheri-troxia/metro/athinas/item/33836-metro-athinas-ksekinaei-o-metropontikas-gia-to-limani-tou-peiraia
  4. ^ "Piraeus by Maritime Database". www.maritime-database.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Extension to Piraeus project". Attiko Metro S.A. www.ametro.gr. 2012-04-06. Archived from the original on 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2012-04-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ https://news.gtp.gr/2018/11/08/ministry-urges-stasy-reinstate-direct-athens-airport-metro-service/
  7. ^ "Direct metro connection to Athens airport resumes on Saturday". ERT. ERT International. 9 November 2018. Archived from the original on 10 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.

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