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Monday 21 April 2014

Number of people taking taxis into work doubles

TAXI drivers are experiencing a mini-boom of their own despite the downturn – the number of people using cabs to get to work in the morning has doubled in the past six years.

A survey by the National Transport Authority says that 3,271 people travel into Dublin by cab every morning, compared with 1,453 in 2006, because there are so many of them plying for hire.

But the annual 'Canal Cordon count' notes that the vast majority of trips made into the capital are by public transport, with slight increases last year in use of trains and the Luas.

The survey, which counts the number of people travelling into the city at 33 points, finds that the numbers coming into Dublin has increased for the second year in a row.

Some 185,481 travel to work, for school and to socialise between 7am and 10am, following major drops since the height of the boom. In 2006, some 207,379 people travelled into the city. This has since fallen by 10pc. The survey shows:

• The majority of people are carried by public transport, or 46pc. The numbers have dropped by just 3pc since 2006, despite fare increases and cuts in some services.

• However, the 3pc who moved off public transport seem to have switched to walking and cycling which has risen by a similar amount.

• Some 37pc of people continue to use the car as their primary form of transport.

• The Luas carried more than 10,000 passengers in the morning peak last year for the first time. There has been a slight increase in suburban rail and DART passengers.

• Buses carried over 52,000 passengers into the city in 2012, representing over 60pc of all public transport trips.

Irish Independent

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