Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (213)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

213. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport if he has met with all public transport providers in relation to funding and service level agreements since he became Minister. [26315/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The award of Public Service Obligation (PSO) contracts and the allocation of PSO funding to public transport operators falls under the independent statutory remit of the National Transport Authority (NTA), which has direct responsibility for this area. It is the NTA that has contractual arrangements in place with all transport operators providing PSO services and decides on the individual allocations to each company.

Since my appointment as Minister for Transport, I have already met formally with the Chair and CEO of Bus Éireann, and I plan to meet formally with the other public transport companies under my remit over the coming weeks. My Department is in regular contact with these companies, and has kept me informed on key issues related to them since my appointment.