Thursday, 3 October 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Rural Transport Programme Data
308. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated number of the 1.9 million passenger journeys in 2018 supported by the rural transport programme which were undertaken by young persons under 26 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40330/19]
309. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the policies and measures his Department is undertaking to support the increased use of rural transport services by young persons under 26 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40331/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 308 and 309 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. It also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme, which now operates under the Local Link brand.
In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have forwarded the Deputy's questions to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.