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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 15 December 2021

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Ceisteanna (49)

Emer Higgins

Ceist:

49. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for Transport further to Parliamentary Question No. 41 of 8 December 2021, the size of the population of 19- to 23-year-olds upon whom the budget of €25 million for the introduction of a youth travel card is based; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62264/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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. The NTA is responsible for the implementation of a Young Adult Travel Card (YATC), which will offer a 50% discount on travel on all subsidised public transport services.

I have, therefore, 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.

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