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one giant leap

Half a million people now own a Leap Card

The Department of Transport launched a new enhancement of the service which will allow users to top-up their cards automatically from their bank account once their balance drops below a certain level.

HALF A MILLION Leap Cards have now been sold since the initiative was launched two and a half years ago.

More than €1,259,000 worth of journeys are taken in a typical week on the 500,000 cards now in circulation.

Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly today announced a new enhancement of the service which will allow users the option to automatically top-up their cards with a pre-determined amount from their bank account when their card balance falls below a certain level.

Kelly said this will mean commuters availing of this will not have to worry about topping up again. He described the sale of 500,000 cards as an “important landmark” and said it represents a “major achievement in a short space of time”.

Leap has accounted for 47 million passenger journeys since its inception. The next phase in this initiative is to develop the Leap Card further in Cork as well as moving it to other cities.

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