Line 3 (Athens Metro)
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.
To Agia Marina/Airport
Doukissis Plakentias ticket hall
|Stations||21 (6 under construction)|
|Colour on map||Light blue|
|Operator(s)||Statheres Sygkoinonies S.A.|
|Depot(s)||Agia Marina, Plakentias|
|Rolling stock||Metro 1st, 2nd and 3rd (DC and AC/DC) series|
6 cars per trainset
|Line length||41 km (25.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||750 V DC and 25 kV AC|
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.
This is a list of stations on Line 3.
|Athens Metro Line 3|
|Agia Marina||14 December 2013||none||Side|
|Egaleo||26 May 2007||Island|
|Monastiraki||22 April 2003||Line 1||Island|
|Syntagma||28 January 2000||Line 2, Tram||Side|
|Holargos||23 July 2010||Side|
|Nomismatokopio||2 September 2009|
|Agia Paraskevi||30 December 2010|
|Chalandri||24 July 2004|
|Doukissis Plakentias||28 July 2004||Proastiakos|
|Pallini||20 September 2006||Island|
|Paiania-Kantza||10 July 2006|
|Airport||30 July 2004|
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 PiraeusEdit
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, 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  with the Athens International Airport in just 1 hour.
- Agia Varvara (Spring 2020)
- Korydallos (Spring 2020)
- Nikaia (Spring 2020)
- Maniatika (Summer 2021)
- Piraeus (Summer 2021)
- Dimotiko Theatro ("Municipal Theatre", Summer 2021)
- 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 controversyEdit
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. On 9 November 2018, STASY decided to reinstate the original service pattern, from 10 November 2018.
- Some Line 3 trains terminate and reverse at Doukissis Plakentias.
- "Operation", AMEL - Athens Metro Operation, Attiko Metro Operation Company, 31 December 2010, retrieved 2 September 2012
- "AttikoMetro Inside - Piraeus". Attiko Metro S.A. 5 September 2012. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Piraeus by Maritime Database". www.maritime-database.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
- "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.
- "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.