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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Public Transport

All time
# new routes
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.
# free ride
Free public transport should be considered, says Oireachtas committee
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action has published a report on halving emissions in the transport sector by 2030.
# Public Transport
Public consultation launched on extension of Dart line from Heuston to Hazelhatch
Once this consultation is completed, all submissions will be considered by the project design team.
# off the rails
Face masks, hand sanitiser and issues with social distancing dominate 2020 public transport complaints
Covid-19 was central to dozens of complaints about public transport last year.
# Transport
NTA reminds public of transport capacity limits ahead of weekend of good weather
There has already been an increase in demand for some public transport services since restrictions were eased.
# busconnects
Transport specialist teams appointed to design improve bus network for Cork City
The appointments are part of the BusConnects Cork Programme.
# Public Transport
More balanced regional development and public transport investments key for Ryan
Developing rail in both Limerick and Cork is a number one priority for Minister Eamon Ryan
# travel tips
Here's how public transport will look over the Christmas period
Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail are operating revised schedules.
# cleaner transport
NTA looking to buy up to 800 double-decker electric buses over five-year period
The first of these buses won’t arrive until the second half of 2022.
# Dublin
Luas services partially suspended on Red and Green lines due to electrical fault
Limited services are available on both lines only.
# NTA
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.
# Respect
National Transport Authority launches campaign to encourage respect of staff during pandemic
The campaign begins today.
# covid restrictions
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%.
# Capacity
Some passengers being 'left behind' as capacity on public transport reduced to 25%, NTA head says
NTA CEO Anne Graham said today that there are “more people travelling than need to travel” which is putting pressure on capacity.
# Irish Rail
Resignalling project to impact Irish Rail services through Connolly for next three weekends
The €120 million project will result in the resignalling of the Dart network from Howth/Malahide to Sandymount.
# expressway
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.
# Transport
Cycling and HGV traffic are both up on last year as public transport still lags behind
Cycling in Dublin is up by 9.4% on last year.
# Public Transport
Car traffic is slowly returning but public transport is still way down on last year
At the peak of Covid-19 restrictions traffic was down by about 78%, it’s now down by 16.3% in Dublin and 12.6% elsewhere.
# Back To School
TDs seek clarity on social distancing rules for school buses as minister says there's been 'significant progress' on reopening plans
Social distancing is a rule while waiting for school buses but not on them.
# Commuters
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.
# Green Line
'Sustainable' Luas Finglas extension plans open for virtual public consultation
The 4km extension would create four new stops on the green line alongside a cycle and pedestrian path.
# Back To School
Pre-assigned seats and face masks: The new rules for Irish schoolchildren getting the bus
The rules will be in place on School Transport Scheme services operated by Bus Éireann.
# Train Drain
Rail passenger numbers were hit harder than other public transport during lockdown
Passenger journeys on rail services dropped to a low of 24,000 a week at the start of April.
# face shields
Face shields are now an acceptable face covering on all public transport
Deaf and hard of hearing charity Chime welcomed the move.
# face coverings
Mandatory masks on public transport 'challenging for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing'
Advocacy group Chime suggested that transparent face-shields should be allowed to be used instead.
# Public Transport
Face masks on public transport to become compulsory from next week
Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the new measure this afternoon.
# cover up
Government confirms face coverings will be mandatory for passengers on public transport
It follows weeks of criticism that not enough people were wearing face coverings while on public transport.
# On Yer Bike
NTA advises commuters to walk or cycle instead of using public transport as economy re-opens
The advice comes ahead of Phase Three of the government’s roadmap for re-opening the country.
# Covid-19
Making face coverings a condition of using public transport 'is under consideration'
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he would not like to see fines for those not wearing one.
# Coronavirus
Phase Two: Everything you need to know about using public transport from tomorrow
Phase Two begins tomorrow, but people are still advised to only use public transport when necessary.
# Phase Two
Buses and Dart services to operate pre-Covid 'Monday to Friday' schedule from next week
But social distancing requirements will still mean capacity on services will be just over 20% of pre-Covid levels.
# Out of Order
Campaign group concerned over increasing number of broken lifts at train stations
Over eight stations, on average, had lifts out of action over the past two weeks, according to Access for All campaign group.
# working life
Trinity research shows 75% of workers fear contracting Covid-19 on their public transport commute
The research also shows that 80% of workers would prefer to work from home once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
# not compulsory
Wearing of face masks on public transport and in supermarkets likely to be recommended, says minister
The Taoiseach previously said the wearing of face masks will not be compulsory.
# NBRU
Bus and rail union calls for compulsory face masks on public transport as restrictions ease
The NBRU has also called for temperature checks for all public transport workers.
# Coronavirus
Public transport services to be reduced from next week
Visits to prisons will end from tomorrow, the government has also announced.
# what do you think
Poll: Should there be a dedicated public transport Garda unit?
Irish Rail recorded 789 reports of anti-social behaviour incidents in 2018; there were 690 in 2017.
# Anti-social behaviour
'Drivers are being hit in the head with bricks': No plans for dedicated transport police as drivers condemn attacks
Unions have been calling for the introduction of a dedicated transport policing unit.
# Public Transport
Luxembourg becomes first country in the world to provide free public transport
The measure is part of a plan intended to reduce congestion.
# Dublin District Court
Taxi company caught tampering with fare meter on one of its vehicles fined €2,000
It followed an investigation by the National Standards Authority of Ireland.