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Thursday 16 August 2018

Dart and bus users facing new fare hike

DUBLIN rail passengers are facing a 5pc hike in fares on Dart and Dublin commuter services.

And Dublin Bus is also looking to increase ticket prices for commuters within the year.

Dublin Bus has applied to the National Transport Authority (NTA) to allow it to increase fares across city bus services.

Fares on buses throughout the capital currently run from €1.15 to €2.30, while Dart fares run from €1.40 to €4 -- but these are set to increase.

Transport companies in the CIE group, including Dublin Bus, Iarnrod Eireann and Bus Eireann, recorded an 11pc drop in passengers as 25 million fewer used the system.

Dublin Bus, which accounted for 66pc of the lost passengers, has sought permission to increase fares but a formal decision has not yet been made.

But representatives refused to outline how much it planned to increase fares by.

"A fares application has been made to the National Transport Authority for consideration but no formal response has been received from them in relation to the application as yet," a spokeswoman said.



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The last fare increase was in January 2009, when Dublin Bus increased fares by 10c for an adult and 5c for a child.

It is understood Iarnrod Eireann will also look for permission to push up the cost of tickets by 5pc on rail commuter services serving Dublin, but a formal application has not yet been made.

If the move is approved, it would affect all passengers paying for single or return journeys in cash.

Neither Bus Eireann nor the Railway Procurement Agency, which runs Luas, has applied for an increase.

Weekly, monthly and annual ticket holders would not be affected, and the move is designed to encourage people to move to the new 'smart-card' system, which is being rolled out.

It is hoped that the integrated ticketing system (ITS) will be in place by next summer.

First promised in 2002, the ITS system is expected to be fully operational across all public transport systems by next summer. So far, €36.6m has been spent but it is expected that the final bill will be €55m.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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