|Locale||Attica, parts of Central Greece and Peloponnese|
|Transit type||Commuter rail|
|Number of lines||4|
|Number of stations||45|
|Began operation||30 July 2004|
|Number of vehicles||20 Siemens Desiro 460|
|System length||230.9 km (143.5 mi)|
|Electrification||25k V AC overhead lines|
|Top speed||160 km/h (99 mph)|
The Athens Suburban Railway, also known as Proastiakos Athens (Greek: Προαστιακός Αθήνας) is a commuter rail service that connects the city of Athens with its metropolitan area and other regions beyond Attica, such as the areas of Boeotia, Euboea and Corinthia.
The first Proastiakos train linked Athens Railway Station with Athens International Airport, on time for the 2004 Summer Olympics that were held in Athens. As years went by, the network was expanded to Corinth, Kiato, and since there have been added itineraries towards the cities of Chalcis and Thebes, as well.
Lines and services
Proastiakos of Athens consists of four routes: one from Piraeus to the Airport, one from Piraeus to Kiato, one from Athens Cental station to Chalcis and one from Ano Liosia to the Airport. Trains run from approximately 5:00am to midnight daily. There are 45 stations in total.
The following table lists the routes and the stations for the Proastiakos network of Athens:
|1||Piraeus - Airport||19|
|2||Piraeus - Kiato||20|
|3||Athens - Chalcis||19|
|4||Ano Liosia - Airport||12|
The suburban railway connects with the other urban railways of Athens in the following stations:
- Piraeus: The suburban station is located close to the Metro Line 1 terminus.
- Athens Central (Larissa Station): connection with Metro line 2.
- Nerantziotissa: connection with Metro Line 1.
- Plakentias: connection with Metro line 3.
- Pallini: shared station with Metro line 3.
- Paiania–Kantza: shared station with Metro line 3.
- Koropi: shared station with Metro line 3.
- Airport: shared station with Metro line 3.
- Acharnai (SKA): passengers can transfer to the mainline and regional rail service of Greece.
- Kato Acharnes : connecting the line Kiato-Piraeus with Piraeus-Airport
- Kiato: passengers can transfer to TrainOSE bus services to Patras.
Extension from Kiato to Aigio
As part of the P.A.Th.E./P. project, the Athens Airport-Kiato line is being extended to eventually reach Patras. In August 2019, Proastiakos services currently terminating at Kiato will be extended to Aigio.
Lavrio branch line
Loutraki line reopening
In February 2019, Hellenic Railways Organisation accepted a bid for the €12 million project to regauge the former metre gauge line from Isthmos to Loutraki to standard gauge, connect it to the Athens Airport-Kiato railway and reopen it to passenger traffic by 2021. . Mytilineos-Xanthakis was selected as the contractor of the project. Due to an appeal from the contractor AKTOR, the signing of the contract was delayed. The signing of contract happened on June 4, 2019. The project is expected to revitalize Loutraki’s essential role in the tourism sector and help improve the city’s financial stability. The προασυιακος is expected to reach Loutraki by 2021. The project consists of the electrification of the tracks Isthmus-Loutraki and building two stops—one at the casino and the other in Loutraki. According to a local news outlet, the works of this project are expected to start on July 29,2019.
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