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Public transport fares to increase over coming weeks

The National Transport Authority has sanctioned increases for Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Irish Rail and the Luas.

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THE COST of one-off trips on public transport is set to rise in the coming weeks, after the National Transport Authority approved an increase in fares which can take effect from December 1.

Dublin Bus fares will increase by up to 17.9 per cent, with cash fares for short trips – which currently cost €1.40 for adults – set to rise to €1.65, while fares for the longest journeys (over 13 stages) will increase from €2.65 to €2.80.

The cost of prepaid tickets will also go up, in some cases by up to 16.8 per cent – with the 10-journey 90-minute tickets for adults rising from €21.50 to €25.10.

The authority said the changes would be less steep for holders of Leap cards, where single-journey fares would increase by a maximum of 12 per cent – with the shortest journey going from €1.25 to €1.40.

Bus Éireann fares will increase by an average of about 6 per cent across all ticket types, though no such increase will apply to those using Leap cards when the cards become available for use on services in early 2013.

On Iarnród Éireann, Dublin commuter cash fares will increase by between 9.1 and 14 per cent, while inter-city fares will be adjusted by between 0.9 and 3.9 per cent.

The highest increase on commuter fares will be on short journeys, where the fares will go from €1.50 to €1.70, with the increase lower as fares become higher.

The authority said the reasoning behind the fare adjustments was to eliminate anomalous fares across the rail network.

Some Luas fares will be unchanged, though others will increase by up to 5.7 per cent. The average fare will see a 2 per cent increase; a full chart of the new fares can be accessed at the Luas website.

Dublin Bus and Irish Rail’s increases will take effect from December 1, while Luas has confirmed that its ticket increases will not take effect until January 7, 2013.

Bus Éireann has yet to confirm when its changes will be taking effect.

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