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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Public Transport

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Voices
Opinion: Stranded on platforms, crawling through faulty lifts: travelling with a disability on public transport
Sean O’Kelly tells of the “hit and miss” service that humiliates and distresses people with disabilities.
# Planet Before Profit
Free public transport and a 50% cut in national dairy herd pledged by Solidarity-People Before Profit
The party launched its climate action manifesto in Dublin today.
# All aboard
'Strong growth' for public transport sector as passenger numbers increased 9% last year
Passenger figures across the rail, bus and tram network in Ireland increase last year.
# Public Transport
Office of Transport Minister Shane Ross warned Luas operator of 'increase in anti-social behaviour'
In one case, an eight-year-old girl had beer contents splashed on her.
# All aboard
Late-night train and Dart services begin from today for the festive season
Security personnel will be on board the late night services over the coming weeks to ensure customer safety.
# facilities
The CSO has measured how far Irish people live from schools, bus stops and GPs
There is a large difference in distances between rural and urban settings for all services.
# leap forward
Poll: Would you like the Leap card replaced with a cashless payment system?
Plans are being advanced to introduce a cashless payment system on public transport by 2027.
# Account Based Ticketing
Plans progress to replace Leap cards with cashless payments by 2027
The plans would see contactless debit and credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay, and possibly QR codes being used to pay.
# Tender
Dublin Bus is looking for a company to carry out drug and alcohol testing of employees
The company will be responsible for carrying out random tests on company workers.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland have a dedicated transport police?
Fianna Fáil is calling for the establishment of a dedicated transport police unit to combat anti-social behaviour.
# Irish Rail
'Urgent need' to address growing levels of anti-social behaviour on public transport
Irish Rail has said it is concerned about the “worsening trend” and has undertaken measures to address it.
# closures
Repairs to roof of Dublin's Pearse station to cause disruption to Dart users this weekend
Dublin Bus and Go Ahead Ireland will accept valid rail passes this weekend.
# Dublin
Bus Connects redesign: New routes towards Howth and direct into city centre
The redesign comes after an unprecedented response to a public consultation campaign that saw almost 50,000 people contribute.
# Sanctioned
Dublin Bus fined €165,000 after more than 50% of services fail to meet punctuality targets
The company is required to meet punctuality targets as part of its contract with the NTA.
# track record
'It confirms our worst fears about privatisation': Half of Go-Ahead bus routes fail to meet punctuality targets
The British-owned firm began operating 24 routes in Ireland in September 2018.
# Rush Hour
26 longer Luas trams to be introduced on Green Line
The first of the trams, which will increase passenger capacity from 319 to 408, was officially unveiled today.
# giant leap
NTA says it would like to expand free public transport for kids after 'phenomenal' summer uptake
Irish Rail, Luas, Bus Eireann and Go Ahead all saw child journey’s jump by over 100% during Kids Go Free August initiative.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be Copenhagen-style cycle lanes in every major Irish city?
People often point to how the Danish city treats cycle lanes – but could we replicate it here?
# ireland 2029
'The returns are huge if we can do this': The need for a world-class public transport system in Ireland
What needs to happen in Ireland to drastically improve our public transport?
# ireland 2029
'Not just for commuters, for everybody': Should Ireland start over with its public transport system?
From buses to bike lanes, is it time for an overhaul? We explore another big idea on Ireland 2029.
# Out of service
'We aren't considered important': Wheelchair users dismayed over continued lift breakdowns on train line
‘If people were treated the same way because of their skin colour or religion, the country would shut down.’
# Irish Rail
Dart passengers now able to report anti-social behaviour via text message
People can text the word TRAIN followed by their location and details of the incident in question to 51444.
# snail's pace
A slug has been blamed for delaying thousands of train passengers in Japan
26 trains in the country were cancelled as a result of the slug on 30 May.
# Climate Change
Free public transport ruled out despite Dublin being 'the slowest city centre in Europe'
Luxembourg rolled out free public transport last year.
# Public Transport
People living next to a Dart or Luas stop can expect to pay over €3,300 a year more than the average Dublin rent
Sandymount Station is the most expensive to live near, with rents averaging at €2,905 per month.
Voices
Opinion: For wheelchair users taking public transport is like playing roulette
The issues with public transport mean that I don’t get out of the house very much. It also limits my options in terms of employment, writes Niamh Ní Ruari.
# Public Transport
Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy
The NTA’s plans are estimated to cost €3.5 billion.
# Transport
More people are travelling into Dublin city by public transport, but there are fewer cyclists
The annual Canal Cordon Report for 2018 tracks the mode of transport share of people coming into Dublin.
# Public Transport
NTA receives 30,000 submissions about BusConnects plan
The NTA boss is to appear before an Oireachtas committee today to talk about Metrolink and BusConnects plans.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you use public transport more often if it was free?
The move has been suggested as a way to prevent traffic congestion in major cities.
# Public Transport
269 million passenger journeys made on State-funded public transport last year
That’s an increase of almost 19 million (17%) compared to 2017, according to provisional NTA figures.
# Public Transport
Luas elevators have been out-of-order for over 1,000 hours in last two years
The service provider said vandalism is the cause in a number of cases.
# Public Transport
Need to get around this Christmas? Here's what you need to know about festive public transport
No services on Christmas Day of course, but here’s what else you need to know.
# Free Travel
Luxembourg to make travel free on its trains, trams and buses
In 2016, more than 100 million passengers used public transport in the country of 600,000 people.
# RSVP
Fianna Fáil TD invites Shane Ross to travel with him on public transport to Dublin from the commuter belt
James Lawless said commuters can’t get parking at the train stations and can’t get on carriages in the morning.
# Public Transport
Dublin Bus, Luas and Irish Rail fares will change from today
NTA fare revisions mean that Luas fares are being brought in line with Dublin Bus fares.
# life on the road
A driverless public transport vehicle is to take to the streets of Dublin for the first time today
The EZ10 electric vehicle will run along a route of nearly one kilometre.
# winners
€1.5 million announced for Irish teams preparing for Olympics and world championships
Minister Shane Ross made the announcement today.
# Your Say
Poll: Should people who refuse to fold up buggies for wheelchair users on buses be fined?
Transport Minister Shane Ross has said he will look at introducing fines on the matter.
# just a minute
A card-based system has created more awareness for disabled people in the UK - could it work here?
The JAM card has proven such a success in Northern Ireland that activists are calling for its introduction here.