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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Public Transport

Photo of Kevin HumphreysKevin Humphreys (Dublin South East, Labour)
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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has considered expanding the Leap card to allow it to be used for the Dublin bikes schemes; if he will bring this proposal to the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57254/12]

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary North, Labour)
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Responsibility to develop, procure, implement, operate and maintain the integrated ticketing Leap Card system in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) became a function of the National Transport Authority (NTA) with effect from 30th September 2010.

I understand from the NTA, however, that they have had initial discussions with the Dublin Bikes scheme and are currently reviewing the options for integration with the Leap card scheme.  Both schemes use contactless RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification) so there are technical options which can be explored which will need to be discussed and agreed alongside commercial considerations.


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