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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (107)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

107. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport his plans to make public transport more affordable and accessible for other age groups particularly in view of changed travel patterns including the introduction of a three day commuter ticket option; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53494/21]

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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. I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport, nor decisions on fares.

Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, the NTA has responsibility for the regulation of fares charged to passengers in respect of public transport services, provided under public service obligation (PSO) contracts.

In relation to the possible introduction of alternative tax saver commuter ticket options following the Covid pandemic, the NTA is currently evaluating such a proposal and my Department has commenced discussions with the NTA and the Department of Finance on the matter. The NTA is proceeding with the detailed technical work associated with introduction of a more flexible Taxsaver product, whilst discussions with the Department of Finance continue.

In light of the NTA's responsibility in the matter raised by the Deputy, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

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