Public transport price hikes in the capital deplorable – Councillor Janice Boylan
Dublin City councillor Janice Boylan has spoken out against the increase in fares Dublin commuters will face from 1st November.
Speaking today on the increase, the Sinn Féin representative said:
“This increase will be another in a long line of increases that has seen prices increase by 40% since 2012”.
“Back in 2013 Gerry Murphy from NTA said an increase was needed due to the decline in passenger numbers and the rise in fuel prices. However, I would go as far as say that increasing the fares again will lead to a further reduction in passenger numbers, making the problem worse and not better.”
“The reduction in government subsidies to the transportation companies has resulted in the people having to carry the burden again. This is just not good enough and we need to apply pressure on the government to ensure that these monies are not reduced further. It is not fair for commuters to bear the brunt of the price hikes and the NTA now needs to look at alternative sources of funding.
“While I welcome the fact that some Leap card fares will be decreased slightly, we have witnessed the prices being increased on to many occasions and it's now time to look at a proper cost reduction programme and implement it as soon as possible. Ordinary people and public transport users cannot and should not have to foot the bill for this again.”