As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public transport services by way of public services obligation (PSO) contracts in respect of services that are socially necessary but commercially unviable. In accordance with the terms of those contracts, the day to day operation of the services is managed by Transport Operator. The Transport Operator is required to meet performance obligations in relation to service delivery such as punctuality, services operated, vehicles in service and customer information.
The NTA also has statutory responsibility for the regulation of fares in relation to public passenger transport services.
The issue raised, therefore, is a matter for the NTA and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.