Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (131)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

131. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport the way in which the subsidy for Dublin Bus is calculated; if it is based on the number of buses that are intended to be run rather than the number of buses that actually run; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6666/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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 passenger transport services nationally. Since 2010, the award of Public Service Obligation (PSO) funding falls under the independent statutory remit of the NTA. The allocations to individual companies, including Dublin Bus, are decided by the NTA in accordance with the various contract arrangements that it has in place with PSO service providers.

Therefore, 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.