Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489)

David Cullinane

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457. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel on the Luas. [38649/19]

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David Cullinane

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458. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel on the DART. [38650/19]

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David Cullinane

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459. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel on Dublin Bus. [38651/19]

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David Cullinane

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460. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel on Bus Éireann. [38652/19]

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David Cullinane

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461. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel on Irish Rail. [38653/19]

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David Cullinane

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462. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel on all privately operated public transport buses. [38654/19]

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David Cullinane

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463. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for five to15 year old children on the Luas. [38655/19]

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David Cullinane

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464. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for five to15 year old children on the DART. [38656/19]

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David Cullinane

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465. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for five to15 year old children on Dublin Bus. [38657/19]

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David Cullinane

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466. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for five to15 year old children on Bus Éireann. [38658/19]

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David Cullinane

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467. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for five to15 year old children on Irish Rail. [38659/19]

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David Cullinane

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468. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for five to15 year old children on all privately operated public transport buses. [38660/19]

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David Cullinane

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469. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for 16 to18 year olds on the DART. [38661/19]

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David Cullinane

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470. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for 16 to18 year olds on Dublin Bus. [38662/19]

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David Cullinane

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471. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for 16 to18 year olds on Bus Éireann. [38663/19]

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David Cullinane

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472. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for 16 to18 year olds on Irish Rail. [38664/19]

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David Cullinane

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473. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for 16 to18 year olds on all privately operated public transport buses. [38665/19]

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David Cullinane

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474. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for third-level students on the DART. [38666/19]

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David Cullinane

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475. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for third-level students on Dublin Bus. [38667/19]

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David Cullinane

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476. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for third-level students on Bus Éireann. [38668/19]

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David Cullinane

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477. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for third-level students on Irish Rail. [38669/19]

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David Cullinane

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478. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated full year cost of universal free travel for third-level students on all privately operated public transport buses. [38670/19]

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Jonathan O'Brien

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485. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of reducing all public transport fares by 5%, 10%, 25%, 50% and 100%, respectively, in tabular form. [38860/19]

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Jonathan O'Brien

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486. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of reducing all Dublin Bus fares by 5%, 10%, 25%, 50% and 100%, respectively, in tabular form. [38861/19]

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Jonathan O'Brien

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487. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of reducing Iarnród Éireann fares by 5%, 10%, 25%, 50% and 100%, respectively, in tabular form. [38862/19]

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Jonathan O'Brien

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488. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of reducing Luas fares by 5%, 10%, 25%, 50% and 100%, respectively, in tabular form. [38863/19]

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Jonathan O'Brien

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489. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of reducing Bus Éireann fares by 5%, 10%, 25%, 50% and 100%, respectively, in tabular form. [38864/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 457 to 478, inclusive, and 485 to 489, inclusive, together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has the statutory responsibility for the regulation of fares in relation to public passenger transport services.

As the Deputy is aware, in Budget 2019 I secured an increase in the overall Exchequer funding available for Public Service Obligation (PSO) public transport services and €287 million is available this year to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for this purpose.

The overall PSO amount is set each year as part of the annual Estimates and Budget processes, and the 2019 allocation for the Vote was voted on and approved by this House as part of the "Further Revised Estimates for Public Services 2019". It is the statutory remit of the NTA to make PSO payments to the public transport operators who provide PSO services, and the payments are made in accordance with the PSO contracts that the NTA has in put place with each of those operators.

I have therefore forwarded the Deputies questions to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.