Tue, 06 Jun 2023

DUBLIN, Ireland: Fares on Ireland's public transport are to be reduced beginning May 9.

This is the first reduction in fares in 75 years.

The fare reduction is part of Government plans to drive down the cost of living.

Of note, the National Transport Authority said that in some areas where fares were reduced, passenger numbers are now ahead of pre-pandemic levels.

Fare reductions of 20 percent will be put in place for Dublin Bus, Luas, Go Ahead Ireland and Irish Rail's DART and commuter services in the Greater Dublin Area.

All Iarnrod Eireann's intercity and commuter fares will also fall throughout Ireland.

Fares on Bus Eireann and Local Link services fell 20 percent last month.

Also, young adults ages 19-23 will receive a 50 percent reduction in fares on all subsidized public transport.

For young adults aged 19-23, the 90-minute city fares will be €1.

This is the first time public transport fares have been reduced nationally since 1947.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has said that he hopes the fare reduction will result in public transport becoming a more attractive option for the public traveling around the capital and also help households suffering through financial strains.

"This fare cut is unprecedented and quite radical. But I believe strongly that it is the way we need to go if we are serious about putting low-carbon transport at the heart of our efforts to build a sustainable future and if we want to bring people, and particularly young people, with us on that journey," he said.

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