Written answers

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Public Transport

Photo of Emer HigginsEmer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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41. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the budget allocation that will be required to administer half-price public transport to 19 to 23 year-olds as announced in Budget 2022; and the number of persons this measure will cover. [60641/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport, nor decisions on fares.

Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, the NTA has responsibility for the regulation of fares charged to passengers in respect of public transport services, provided under public service obligation (PSO) contracts.

As part of Budget 2022, I secured €25m of funding to provide for the introduction of a youth travel card (YTC) which will allow any person between the age of 19 and 23 to avail of a 50% discount on fares across the transport network and promote modal shift in the transport sector among this group.

Given the NTA's role in the introduction of the YTC, I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.


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