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Sunday 20 April 2014

DART use boosted by high motoring costs

A STEADY fall in commuters taking the Dart has been reversed partly due to rising motoring costs.

Dart passenger numbers rose by 6pc in the second half of 2012 compared with the same period the previous year, new figures disclose. This puts the brakes on the decline in passenger numbers over the past four years.

The same period also saw intercity and commuter rail passenger numbers stabilise and achieve the same levels as the previous year.

Irish Rail said the heavy cost of motoring was believed to be one of the factors for the increased numbers. Other factors included increased sales of taxsaver monthly and annual tickets, which give tax relief of up to 52pc on the cost of daily commuting.

Irish Independent

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