Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has today welcomed proposals from the Department of Transport to introduce reduced off-peak Dublin Bus services while calling for more to be done to encourage people to travel by bus.
Deputy Ellis said:
"Public transport is vital to the life of the city and we must do all we can to encourage people to leave their cars at home and to opt for the bus. Part of that strategy must be to make it more affordable and attractive to use the bus at all times and so any fare decrease should be welcomed.
“Under this government public transport costs have soared. While the Leap card offered some savings on individual fares, this was in the context of regularly rising fares across the board. Even prepaid bus cards now offer little in the way of savings with a 30 day pass costing €137.50 and a 5 day pass costing €27.50.
“Lower off peak fares in the run up to the summer as well as special deals throughout the year are among the types of initiatives that could give a boost to Dublin Bus. This would also increase confidence in the affordability of public transport options but more needs to be done. Fares are still too high and this must be tackled as traffic continues to get worse in the city.
“We need to row back on fare hikes and encourage prepaid options such as Leap and Rambler passes with greater savings.
"As value for money in Dublin Bus increases, the more people will opt for it as their chosen method of transport around the city.”