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The Leap card has made a LOT of money since it was launched

The one millionth card was sold today.

These kids are delighted with the news.
These kids are delighted with the news.
Image: /Photocall Ireland

THE LEAP CARD transport scheme has made €263 million since it was launched in December 2011.

Last month was a bumper one, with turnover reaching €15.4 million.

In the greater Dublin area, six in ten journeys are paid for via Leap – with the one millionth card sold today.

Overall, 600,000 are adult cards, a further 260,000 are student cards, 80,000 are child cards and 60,000 are visitor cards.

Anne Graham, Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority (NTA) said a million card sales “means that hundreds of thousands of people are benefitting from lower cost transport, as they go to work, to school, or for their leisure activities”.

Graham noted that Leap is not just a Dublin scheme, with the cards now accepted on Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann services in Cork and on Bus Éireann services in Galway and Limerick, with a roll-out to Waterford planned in the coming months.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said that, where it is in use, Irish commuters have “really taken to the Leap, not just for the savings it gives them, which are substantial, but for the convenience it offers in banishing to the past the search for change for the bus or train”.

Read: Soon you’ll be able to top up your Leap card by touching it against your smartphone

Read: Dublin Bus fares are going up again

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