• SCOPE OF WORK

    Project, construction, and operations management

  • VALUE

    $3.4 billion

  • SCHEDULE

    1991–2003

  • BUSINESS

    Infrastructure

Rapid-transit system eases severe traffic and reduces smog

The construction of a metro system in Athens had been announced 22 times over the course of decades before this project began. Many doubted it would or could be done—but it was.

Ahead of the 2004 Summer Olympics, a Bechtel-led team delivered for Athens two new subway lines. Ever since, the Athens Metro has provided passengers with dramatically shorter commute times, speeding travelers at up to 60 miles (90 kilometers) an hour underground. It has relieved congestion, boosted commerce, bolstered tourism, and decreased pollution by removing some 375,000 cars a day from the roads.

Bechtel managed an engineering and construction consortium composed of 22 companies—Greek, French, German, and others.

  • Construction advancing in the middle of a major urban area
  • Workers review drilling progress
  • Construction works in the metro’s tunnel
  • Thanks to the metro, some 375,000 cars per day have been removed from Athens’ roads
  • The Acropolis, one of the ancient sites Bechtel’s team had to help preserve while also advancing the metro
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  • Passengers waiting to board one of the metro’s trains

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