Half price public transport fares for young adults from Monday
Public transport fares for young people will be permanently reduced by 50% from Monday, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has announced.
The reduction comes on top of the 20% reduction in fares for all public transport journeys in the Greater Dublin area, which also takes effect from Monday.
Fares outside Dublin were already reduced by 20% in April.
The reduction is a short-term measure in response to the rising cost of living and will be in place until the end of the year. This is the first national tariff reduction since 1947.
The new youth fare structure, which was announced in the budget, will apply to all subsidized public transport journeys on Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, Bus Eireann, Luas, Go-Ahead Ireland and Local Link.
Under the youth scheme, the cost of a short journey will be 65 cents, while 90-minute TFI journeys will cost €1.
For those outside of these age groups in Dublin, the 90 minute rate will drop to €2 for adults and 65c for children.
Adults ages 19-23 are eligible for half-price rates, with eligibility continuing until the day before their 24th birthday.
When the additional 20% reduction in fares on all public transport announced as part of the government’s cost of living support last February also takes effect, public transport costs for young adults will cost 60% less up to at the end of this year.
For current student card holders, no action is required as the discounted fare will be deducted from their card in the usual way.
Non-student young adults wishing to benefit from the lower fares will need to apply for a Leap young adult card online.
Customers under 19 can benefit from the Leap Card for children aged 16-18, valid until the day before they turn 19.
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan called the fare reductions “unprecedented and quite sweeping”.
“When I announced a permanent 50% fare reduction for young adults in the 2022 budget, I really wanted to make public transport more attractive to young people, so that using public transport becomes a lifelong habit. “, did he declare.
“I also wanted to help support young people, by making everyday life a little more affordable. »
He added: “I strongly believe this is the way to go if we really want to put low-carbon transport at the heart of our efforts to build a sustainable future and if we want to bring people, and in particular young people, with us on this journey.
Anne Graham, chief executive of the NTA, said she looked forward to seeing more young adults using public transport.
“There is particularly good news for rail commuters in Cork with the introduction of Mallow into the commuter rail fare zone in Cork. This means a student or young adult can travel from Mallow to any station in the Cork suburban area for just €1.95 when paying with Leap,” she said.
“Value for money is not the only factor that gets people to use public transport, but it is an important factor, and we know that reducing fares to such an extent will make public transport more attractive. for more young adults.”