Rise In Public Transport Fares Approved

Fares for all public transport will rise at the beginning of next year after the National Transport Authority (NTA) approved increases for all operators

Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Luas will be increasing their fares from January, 2012 in response to the reduction in funds available to subsidise public transport announced in the Dáil on Monday.

The NTA said the price rises come after all transport operators suffered deficits in 2011 and will incur further deficits in 2012.

Cash fares will increase by an average of 15%, while Dublin Bus had originally sought average fare increases of between 25% and 36%.

In relation to Bus Éireann, increases of 5.4% on city and stage coach services have been approved.

An increase of 5.1% has been approved for weekly 10 journey rates on Provincial City, Commuter and Local Service. A 3% increase for the annual tax saver tickets on Provincial City, Commuter and Local Services has also been approved while increases for Iarnród Éireann average at 6% on DART and 6.7% on Inner Commuter services.

Fares for Inter City rail services are under review in order to address anomalies in charging. The standard fare varies significantly by route, and when journeys use more than one route significant anomalies can occur, the NTA said.


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