Friday, 19 May 2017 13:47

    Athens Coastal Tram goes to the beaches

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    The Athens Coastal Tram goes from Syntagma Square to the Beaches of Glyfada and Voula with stops in Nea Smyrni and all along the coast. It may not be the fastest but it is the best way to get to the sea by public transportation.

    Forty years ago Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis (the first one) was photographed with a big smile, proudly tearing up the tracks for the original tram of Athens. This, in the eyes of many people, signified the switch from being a city where people relied on public transportation to one where everyone has their own car. In other words progress. This led to the Athens of the last three decades, choked with pollution and traffic, where getting from one side of the city to another required a lot of patience or some imaginative routes, which as more people discovered them, also became choked with traffic. It might be said that when the Athenians embraced the automobile they screwed up Athens completely. With the Olympics came the new highways that diverted cars from the crowded city streets and the new metro that made travel around the city much easier. The new parking regulations and pedestrian streets made it inconvenient to drive downtown and the restrictions on driving based on license plate numbers made it more so because you could only come downtown on odd or even days.

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