Wednesday 20 September 2017

More of us turning to public transport

Some 31,309 availed of rail services, an increase of almost 2,000. Photo: PA
Some 31,309 availed of rail services, an increase of almost 2,000. Photo: PA
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Two-thirds of all trips into Dublin are made using sustainable modes of transport as commuters choose bus, rail, taxis, walking and cycling over the private car.

A report from Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority (NTA) shows that the number of people walking has exceeded 20,000 for the first time, with a substantial rise in the number of cyclists also recorded.

The Canal Cordon count notes movements into the city in the 7am to 10am morning peak, and draws on data from the public transport companies on passenger numbers.

It finds that overall, 202,001 trips were made into the city in the morning peak. Of these, 98,273 were made by public transport; 21,473 were on foot, 12,089 were by bicycle and 64,885 by car.

"During the AM peak period, approximately two-thirds of all inbound trips crossing the canal cordon were made by a sustainable mode, walking, cycling, public transport or taxi," the report says.

"The sustainable mode share has grown year on year since 2010. In the last seven years, the share for sustainable modes had growth by 8pc, an increase of 28,144 trips."

A spokesman for the NTA said while the number of buses crossing the cordon had increased, the number of passengers fell from 57,584 to 54,710.

"We suspect people coming in from areas closer to town are walking and cycling and not using the bus," he said.

Irish Independent

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