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Friday 18 April 2014

Luas to be capped at €6.40 a day for Leap card users

COMMUTERS who use the smart travel Leap card on Luas services will pay no more than €6.40 a day for all their travel.

This is because the National Transport Authority (NTA) has introduced a cap on the maximum amount which can be charged in an effort to reward people who switch to public transport.

The new system will be rolled out to other transport operators later this year. It is expected to be introduced on Iarnrod Eireann services by March, and on Dublin Bus later in the year.

The new system, called capping, means that adults who use the Luas will pay no more than €6.40 a day, regardless of the number of trips made. Students will pay no more than €5 and children €2.70, and maximum weekly fares of €23.50, €18 and €8.40 also apply.

Commuters will still have to touch on and off, or pass their cards through an electronic validating machine, but once the limit is reached no more credit will be taken from the card.

Some 182,000 Leap cards have been issued to date.

Irish Independent

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