Wednesday 7 December 2016

Limited edition 1916 Leap Card offers family travel in Dublin for €10 - 'When they're gone, they're gone'

Card commemorates 1916

Published 02/03/2016 | 10:58

1916 meets 2016: Pictured launching the 10 Leap Family Card was Darragh McCormick, age 7. Picture Jason Clarke.
1916 meets 2016: Pictured launching the 10 Leap Family Card was Darragh McCormick, age 7. Picture Jason Clarke.
The new Leap Family Card. 50,000 of the 1916 commemorative cards are available.
Pictured launching the 10 Leap Family Card was Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority with Megan Cronin age 7 and Darragh McCormick age 7. Picture Jason Clarke.
Pictured launching the 10 Leap Family Card was Darragh McCormick age 7 and Megan Cronin age 7. Picture Jason Clarke.

A new Leap Family Card, priced at €10, offers 24 hours of travel in Dublin for a family of up to six people.

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The promotional card has been issued by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to commemorate the 1916 centenary, it said.

Costing €10, the card offers a family of two adults and up to four children (aged 18 or under) 24-hours unlimited travel in and around the Greater Dublin Area on Dublin Bus, Luas, Bus Éireann, DART and commuter rail services.

With Luas fares alone costing from €1.90 per adult and €1 per child per journey, the savings could be substantial over the course of a day.

The new Leap Family Card. 50,000 of the 1916 commemorative cards are available.
The new Leap Family Card. 50,000 of the 1916 commemorative cards are available.

The special €10 fare is also €4 cheaper than the Dublin Bus one-day Family rambler (€14), and €10 cheaper than the Irish Rail equivalent (€20).

50,000 limited edition cards are being issued in the one-off offer, according to Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority.

"When they're gone, they're gone," she said.

A maximum of two cards are available per order. They can be ordered online here and are valid to December 31, 2016.

"We hope that more families will chose to use public transport when they’re out and about together, enjoying historic commemorative sites all over Dublin, from the GPO to Kilmainham Gaol to Glasnevin Cemetery," Graham added.

The NTA will assess take-up and usage of the cards, with a view to developing a more permanent family product in the future.

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