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# Public Transport

This week
29th January 2023 - 2nd February 2023
# Justice Committee
NTA: Bus timetables will have to change because of later pub and club hours
The Oireachtas Justice Committee will be discussing the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill today.
Last year
# toll charges
Eamon Ryan ‘reluctant’ to tackle toll increases if it takes funding from road maintenance
Toll prices on nine roads are to rise in line with inflation.
# ghost buses
Dublin Bus apologises for 'real-time' issues as staffing crisis could delay BusConnects roll-out
Dublin Bus has 150 vacancies to fill, while Go-Ahead has 45 roles.
# busconnects
Compulsory purchase order for west county Dublin section of BusConnects scheme submitted
A decision is due by March.
# Public Transport
Irish Rail lodging An Bord Pleanála application for major upgrade to Cork rail network
Irish Rail plans to build a second track along the line between Glounthaune and Midleton in Cork.
# 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.
# CycleConnects
Public consultation opens for proposals for new cycle networks across 22 counties
The cycle networks will form part of the CycleConnects: Ireland’s Cycle Network programme.
# 'till the sun comes up
Garth Brooks sheds tear on stage as long-awaited gig kicks off for cowboy-hatted fans
A busy night was expected for public transport in Dublin as fans headed towards the stadium.
# FG Think-In
Fine Gael think-in to focus on how the party can 'stand up for working people'
The party will gather in Kilkenny today to discuss income tax cuts, pension and social welfare hikes and public transport fares.
# Labour Think-In
Bacik says Ireland should copy Germany's €9 monthly public transport fare initiative
The Labour Party is holding its first think-in since the resignation of Alan Kelly as party leader.
# back to college
Students that use private bus companies to have fares cut by 50%
The Young Adult Card and Student Leap Card fare initiative is being extended to the commercial bus sector.
# rail network
Over 760 anti-social behaviour incidents on train services reported in first six months of year
The incidents included multiple reports of fighting, soiling, sexual harassment, lewd behaviour and hate incidents.
# Assault
TDs call on Ministers to reverse opposition to public transport Gardaí
Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Green Party TDs have urged ministers to reconsider their opposition to the idea.
# Investigation
'I could feel blood splattering on me': Man (26) suffers homophobic assault on Dublin Bus
The incident happened in the early hours of yesterday morning.
# Public Transport
Govt plans fare reductions on commercial buses for 19 to 23-year-olds before return to college
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said that it was difficult to implement the changes due to different ticketing systems on commercial buses.
# Public Transport
More 24-hour Dublin buses to be rolled out in autumn
Increase in late-night services across the public transport network is being kept under review, Dept of Transport tells The Journal.
# Public Transport
Pledge that new nightclub closing times will mean expanded late-night public transport
Justice Minister Helen McEntee says a taskforce is examining the expansion of late-night public transport for when nightclubs get the green light to stay open later.
# late-night public transport
Late-night Luas service ruled out, as hours needed for maintenance
The Luas will not operate a 24-hour service as the NTA says it carries out maintenance when the trams are out of service.
# Public Transport
The Gluas: Could a ‘very light' rail system end Galway's gridlock and become the city's Luas?
A feasibility study is set to be carried out but campaigners fear it will take a “Dublin-style” approach.
# dart+ west
Application on track to extend Dart out to Maynooth and Meath
The plans include 40km of electrification and resignalling along the Maynooth and M3 parkway rail lines.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you take public transport more if it was free?
Transport fares were cut earlier this year.
# Public Transport
Fianna Fáil calls for more public transport policing as it launches survey on commuter safety
The survey aims to gather more detail on anecdotal reports of assault and harassment on public transport.
# Public Transport
National Transport Authority launches plans to greatly improve Cork's public transport system
BusConnects Cork is hoping to increase fourfold the number of people who use public transport.
# late night luas
Luas could run past 1am as NTA examines extending operational hours, says minister
Increased public transport capacity could help address the taxi shortage in Dublin, the transport minister indicated.
# taxi shortage
Only 32 additional taxis added to Dublin fleet since start of 2022, new figures show
Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond says that the shortage of taxis is now a “serious issue”.
# Taxi
Uber and Lyft could help with Ireland's taxi shortage, says Tánaiste
Varadkar said other countries have other options than a taxi.
# Public Transport
Public transport use approaches pre-pandemic levels
It comes following a 20% cut in the cost of public transport fares.
# Your Say
Poll: Should all public transport in Ireland be free?
Should the Luas really be made free?
# Public Transport
The Good Information Podcast: Making public transport accessible, sustainable and efficient
Frequent, local and affordable: how to make public transport work.
# Public Transport
Cut in public transport fares likely to continue into next year, says Taoiseach
Micheal Martin, speaking as he visited Irish troops in Lebanon, indicated transport costs would form a key part of the priorities for the next Budget.
# Public Transport
Downward trend of anti-social behaviour on public transport, says report
Most of the anti-social problems on public transport were caused typically involved fare evaders, according to an internal presentation.
# unfare
Private bus companies ask to be included in 20% fare reduction 'as a matter of urgency'
A group representing commercial bus companies has said that they could go out of business as a result of being disadvantaged by cheaper fares on state-owned public transport.
# fare play
Students and young people will enjoy half-price public transport fares from tomorrow
The reduced fares apply to journeys on Dublin Bus, Iarnrod Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, Go-Ahead and Local Link.
# on board
Public transport fares around Dublin to drop 20% from Monday
The 90-minute fare will be reduced to €2 for adults and 65 cent for children.
# Public Transport
Bus fares everywhere outside Dublin are 20% cheaper from today
On-board machines must be manually updated which means the capital misses out on the discounts for now.
# not yet
Dublin Bus fares can't be cut before May as on-board machines need to be manually recalibrated
Every ticket machine in every bus has to be manually tweaked to deal with the technical upgrade.
# Public Transport
Cost of taxsaver tickets to be reduced by 20% in April as part of cost of living measures
A full 20% reduction in public transport costs is set to be implemented in May.
# Coastal North
DART extension to Drogheda plans to double capacity of rail line
The ‘Coastal North’ line will extend the DART from Malahide to Drogheda with an increased electrified network.
# Storm eunice
Bus Éireann cancels services in four counties due to Storm Eunice as travel advice issued
The Road Safety Authority has warned against travel in counties impacted by Red and Orange warnings.
# Public Transport
NBRU welcomes cut to public transport fares but warns staff will not 'plug any funding gaps'
The 20% discount will apply from April for the rest of 2022.