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Last month
September 2023
Massive overhaul of Irish speed limits will see 30 km/h maximum on many roads
A report by
Jane Matthews and Christine Bohan
Increased driver penalties have been recommended to Government to enforce proposed speed limit changes.
This year
Record complaints against taxi drivers last year due to new regulation over cashless payments
The National Transport Authority received a total of 1,625 complaints in 2022 relating to taxi drivers.
Transport authority defends slow roll out of contactless payments on all bus services
A trial of contactless payments on buses is due to take place on Local Link services.
Four bus routes to be enhanced as part of 'East Coast Commuter Corridor'
The 101, 101x and 131 have all been improved and a new route has been created from Wicklow town to Bray.
Cost of making public transport free 'better focused' on frequency of current service, NTA says
It comes following a report commissioned by the NTA claiming that removing fares for public transport would see just 1% of people switch from using a car.
Sharp drop in number of taxi drivers working evenings and nights, survey reveals
Research commissioned by the NTA shows just 50% of all taxi licence holders reported working 6-8pm at the end of 2022.
Transport Minister says recruiting drivers is ‘biggest constraint’ on rolling out new bus routes
Eamon Ryan was speaking at the National Transport Authority launch of a plan for 67 new or enhanced’ rural bus routes in the year ahead.
67 new or enhanced bus services across Ireland have been announced
The Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan for 2023 was launched today.
Bus passenger numbers on public transport network return to pre-pandemic levels
In November 2022, Bus Eireann carried 3.5 million passengers, surpassing comparable figures from 2019.
National Transport Authority allocates €290m for walking and cycling infrastructure
The investment will fund around 1,200 Active Travel projects.
NTA: Bus timetables will have to change because of later pub and club hours
The Oireachtas Justice Committee will be discussing the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill today.
Last year
Over 3,000 taxi licences currently inactive as industry struggles to recruit drivers
National Transport Authority CEO Anne Graham said the number of drivers returning to the industry is around 10% less compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Dublin Bus apologises for 'real-time' issues as staffing crisis could delay BusConnects roll-out
Dublin Bus has 150 vacancies to fill, while Go-Ahead has 45 roles.
Core BusConnects route linking Lucan to Dublin city centre enters planning phase
The route is part of a scheme to transform Dublin City’s public transport system.
Public consultation opens for proposals for new cycle networks across 22 counties
The cycle networks will form part of the CycleConnects: Ireland’s Cycle Network programme.
Several years before taxi sector returns to pre-pandemic driver levels, says NTA
Taxi company FreeNow is also set to appear before the Transport Committee later this afternoon.
'Taxis had no input in this': Taxi fares now 12% more expensive and all drivers must accept card
The standard initial charge has increased to €4.20.
Increase in taxi fares during peak weekend hours expected to entice drivers back into night work
Taxi fares are set to rise by 12% on average from 1 September.
Luas could run past 1am as NTA examines extending operational hours, says minister
Increased public transport capacity could help address the taxi shortage in Dublin, the transport minister indicated.
Taxi fares set to increase by 12% on average from 1 September
It is the first fare increase since 2018 when the average cost of a taxi journey rose by 4.5%.
Bus Connects launches new 24-hour service serving north Dublin
The N4 will be the sixth 24-hour Dublin Bus service.
Public transport fares around Dublin to drop 20% from Monday
The 90-minute fare will be reduced to €2 for adults and 65 cent for children.
All time
Cork City to get more bus services with shorter wait times under new BusConnects proposals
The NTA has today unveiled a draft new bus network for Cork.
Transport authority contacted gardaí over Twitter account after fake 'free Luas' claims went viral
A viral joke in early August claimed that the light rail service in the capital was now free of charge.
'There might be a tightening of the belt': What's the future for Ireland's public transport post-Covid?
With fewer people commuting to work, how will public transport finances and services look in future?
Can I tap? Contactless and smartphone payments planned for public transport in next three years
A new fare system is planned for public transport, including a scrapping of Dublin Bus’ ‘stages’.
New ways to buy tickets and pay fares on public transport could be rolled out by 2023 or 2024.
A revised fare system includes the scrapping of Dublin Bus' 'stages'.
Cash will continue to be accepted while alternative options are developed.
Open Thread: How would you change public transport in your county?
Are we there yet? The problems and possibilities of Ireland's public transport
First phase of new BusConnects network in Dublin comes into operation today
The new routes commencing today take over from the 29a, 32, 31, 31a and 31b.
Greenways and cyclepaths: €240 million set aside to improve nation's transport infrastructure
The money is for projects across the country.
Rows over face masks and Covid-19 'deniers' feature in complaints to taxi regulator
The chief executive of Lynk Ireland has said that complaints over mask wearing are a “two-way street”.
New fleet of hybrid buses to be on Dublin and Galway roads by New Year
The first ten of 100 double-deck electric hybrid buses were launched today.
'We're asking people to do the right thing': Face coverings now mandatory for drivers and passengers in taxis
Drivers of taxis are entitled to refuse carriage to somebody not wearing a face covering under new regulations.
People urged to avoid public transport at peak times ahead of move to Level 3
Capacity on public transport will increase from 25% to 50% from tomorrow onwards.
Rail line to Navan and Metro to south Dublin to be assessed as NTA asks for public views on transport strategy
The NTA is seeking views on what people’s priorities are for the greater Dublin transport strategy into the future.
Return of schools likely to 'give rise to additional pressure' on public transport services, NTA chief says
In line with the government’s Level 5 restrictions, public transport capacity is currently restricted to 25%.
Transport Minister says NTA will make sure 'no town is left behind' after Bus Éireann axes certain routes
Eamon Ryan confirmed that €460 million is needed to keep public transport running until the end of the year.
Bus Éireann to stop several intercity routes for financial reasons
Services between Dublin and Cork, Galway, Limerick and Belfast will be affected.
NTA allocates €55m to councils to enhance cycling and walking infrastructure
The funding was allocated under the July Jobs Stimulus Plan announced by the government last month.
Annual TaxSaver tickets extended by six months due to Covid-19 travel restrictions
The extension will apply to customers who hold an annual TaxSaver ticket for public transport services.
Engineers to begin identifying possible routes for Cork's new Luas line
Retail, education and industry hotspots have been identified as potential locations for stops on the new Cork Luas line.
National Transport Authority pilots new mobile ticketing app
The trial is part of wider plans by the NTA to modernise and link ticketing systems across the networks.