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Wednesday 13 December 2017

More people opt for public transport use

There was a slight drop in the numbers travelling on the Luas. (stock image)
There was a slight drop in the numbers travelling on the Luas. (stock image)

Brian Hutton

Ireland is increasingly turning to public transport, with passenger numbers up 10 million last year, latest figures show.

Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus all saw a rise in business during the year - the fourth year in a row overall numbers are up.

There was a slight drop in the numbers travelling on the Luas.

But transport chiefs have blamed the dip on industrial action and the partial closure of the Red Line in central Dublin for six weeks in the summer.

The latest end-of-year figures show:

  • Dublin Bus carried more than 125 million passengers last year, up almost 5pc;
  • Irish Rail passenger numbers soared nearly 8pc, including Dart, Commuter and Inter-City services;
  • Bus Éireann saw customer numbers rise 1.7 million to nearly 32 million;
  • Luas numbers were down from 34.6 million to 34.1 million.

Overall, State-subsidised public transport passenger numbers are up by more than 4.4pc - or almost 10 million.

Irish Independent

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