Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
79. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the support from his Department to help make all public transport services accessible, in particular public transport outside the capital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11968/22]
As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding for public transport,
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for promoting the development of an accessible, integrated and accessible public transport network. In addition, the NTA has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. It is the public transport operators, for example Bus Éireann, that have responsibility for delivering and operating public transport services, in conjunction with the NTA.
Furthermore, the NTA has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme which operates under the TFI Local Link brand.
In light of the NTA's responsibilities for accessible public transport services, in both urban and rural areas, I have forwarded your question to the NTA for a direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.