Bus fares on all subsidized public transport services provided by Bus Éireann and Local Link outside the greater Dublin area are to be reduced by around 20% from Monday.
The plan to cut public transport fares was announced by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan in February and was among measures included in the government’s package to reduce the cost of living.
The fare reductions will benefit Bus Éireann customers on municipal services in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, as well as municipal services in Athlone, Balbriggan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan and Sligo.
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Fares for Bus Éireann’s intercity and commuter services will also drop, although fares for the company’s commercial motorway services will not be included.
With these changes, a journey from Westport to Castlebar which currently costs €4.20 with a Leap Card will drop to just €3.36. A journey from Ashbourne to Dublin which currently costs €4.20 on Leap will drop to €3.36.
For services in town, the Leap rate will drop from €1.40 to €1.10, a reduction of more than 20%. On urban services in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, the €1.68 Leap fare will drop by 20% to €1.35.
This is the first of two rounds of fare reductions, reductions in the Greater Dublin area will only be introduced in May.
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan TD said: “We want to make it easier to choose public transport across the country and I am delighted that this 20% saving on public transport costs is now being implemented for commuters from regional towns. and cities in particular.
“People are coming under increasing pressure as the price of basic necessities continues to rise. As part of a series of measures introduced by the government, this tariff reduction will go some way to easing the financial difficulties faced by households.
“Taking public transport rather than the private car, even for one trip a week, can start to help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. It will also help improve air quality and reduce congestion in our cities and towns across the country.
“And at a time when fuel safety is a bigger concern than it has been in decades, leaving the car behind, if possible, is one of the best things we can all do to help reduce our energy consumption.
Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA, said: “Value for money is not the only factor that gets people to use public transport, but it is an important factor, and we know that reducing fares will make public transport more attractive to more people.
“We appreciate the support the government has given us, which has allowed us to make public transport even more affordable. I am convinced that as a result, we will see the number of passenger trips on these services increase in the months to come.
“Today marks a good day for public transport, especially in rural areas and in our regional cities and towns.”
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