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Public transport passenger numbers up as fares reduce

The National Transport Authority has said passenger numbers on public transport have increased as fares are being reduced as part of Government plans to help ease the cost of living and to encourage more sustainable travel.

It is the first time public transport fares have been cut nationally since 1947.

Fares on Dublin Bus, Luas, Go-Ahead Ireland and Iarnród Éireann’s DART and Commuter services will drop by 20% for the remainder of the year.

Iarnród Éireann’s InterCity and Commuter fares across the country are also being reduced.

In addition, young adults aged 19-23 will also now receive a 50% reduction in fares on all subsidised public transport by using an existing Student Leap card or applying for a new Young Adult Leap card.

Fares on Bus Éireann and Local Link services were reduced last month.

The NTA said that since then, passenger journeys have climbed by almost 10%.

NTA Chief Executive Anne Graham said she hopes that this pattern will continue across the country and that people will consider leaving the car at home at least once a week and use public transport instead.

Article Source – Public transport passenger numbers up as fares reduce – RTE

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