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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# National Transport Authority

This year
# bus drivers
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.
# Public Transport
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.
# Active travel
National Transport Authority allocates €290m for walking and cycling infrastructure
The investment will fund around 1,200 Active Travel projects.
Last year
# Taxi Industry
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.
# busconnects
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.
# Transport
The Glider: Could Belfast's tram-like bendy bus be the model for other Irish cities?
The system has been suggested as a kind of gateway to light rail infrastructure.
# Transport
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.
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%.
# running costs
Taxi fares set to rise by 12.5% following recommendation by National Transport Authority
The NTA has also proposed implementing cashless payment options across all taxis.
# Cork
Major €600m investment in Cork public transport with new buses, routes and cycle ways
The plan, if implemented, involves major cycling and bus infrastructure with faster bus times and a zero emission fleet.
# Cost of Living
NTA may recommend an increase in taxi fares in response to rising fuel costs
Industry representatives have said demand has not returned to pre-pandemic levels and rising fuel costs are adding pressure on drivers.
# Next Stop
Cabinet approves moving BusConnects ahead to planning stage
Today’s decision will also allow the NTA to start the tendering process for ‘Next Generation Ticketing’ technology.
All time
# public consultation
Public consultation launched on all-island strategic rail review
The deadline for submissions as part of the public consultation is January 21, 2022.
# off the rails
Underground Dart line mothballed for 20 years, according to updated Dublin transport strategy
The strategy includes proposals for the long-awaited Metrolink from Swords to Charlemont.
The strategy includes proposals for the long-awaited Metrolink from Swords to Charlemont.
Planning permission for the Metrolink will be sought next year but the scheme won't be operational until after 2031.
Proposals for an underground line linking Heuston Station to the Dart service have been shelved until after 2042.
# that's the ticket
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
# Cork
Transport expert: Time for Ireland to update its antiquated bus networks
The Cork Bus Network Redesign Choices Report has invited the public to be a part of the process.
# 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.
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”.
# hybrid bus
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.
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.
# Greater Dublin Area
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.
# Transport
Complainant alleged taxi driver 'spent the entire trip claiming coronavirus doesn’t exist'
The NTA said it has no powers to act if a driver is not wearing a mask.
# upgrades
Dart extension to Drogheda and increased capacity promised in new rail plan
A public consultation will now take place as part of plans for the Dart+ West programme.
# Infrastructure
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.
# Tickets please
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.
# On your bike
Second phase of new Royal Canal cycle route opened in Dublin city
Funding was provided by the National Transport Authority at a cost of €8.9 million.
# around the clock
Covid-19 puts brakes on expansion of 24-hour bus services in Dublin city
The National Transport Authority has said additional PSO funding will be needed this year to continue delivering the existing level of services.
# Covid-19
Half of Dublin Bus passengers are wearing face masks but compliance on transport varies widely
Compliance across various services ranges from 40% to 98%, the National Transport Authority has said.
# 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
Travel demand on public transport during Phase One has been higher than expected, says NTA
Normal Monday-Friday timetables for commuters on bus and DART are due to recommence on 8 June.
# coronavirus crisis
Significant drop in number of people using public transport
The NTA says public transport will continue to operate as normal despite the drop.
Monthly and annual travel fares rise today... but more changes to cash and Leap tickets set for April
NTA CEO Anne Graham said that overall fare revenue will increase by “less than 2%”.
# Wages
'Gross mismanagement': NTA paying agency workers twice what it pays its own permanent staff
The average wage an agency worker is paid is nearly €140,000.
# uber unhappy
'Accounting error' caused Irish Uber customers to be charged for journeys they didn't take
Some users were charged up to €70 after they failed to flag a taxi using the app.
# 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.
# 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.
# Commuters
NTA says 'three years best case scenario' for roll out of additional train carriages
Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said ‘stagger your journeys’ message isn’t practical for working people.
'It is just pure anti-whiteism': NTA hit by complaints over anti-racism campaign
In August, the NTA launched a week-long public campaign to highlight experiences of racism.
# Tender
Up to 3.6m BusConnects leaflets to be delivered to every home and business in greater Dublin
A new public consultation will open on the bus plans next month.