Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1556)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

1556. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of fully electrifying the national public transport bus fleet. [34714/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.

The Deputy is aware that the national public transport bus fleet comprises publicly subvented and owned bus fleet under the Public Service Obligation (PSO) programme and also privately financed and owned bus fleet operated on a commercial basis by numerous operators across the country.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including the purchase of publicly subvented (PSO) bus fleet.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.