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.