Sunday 17 December 2017

'Smart Card' to cut fares for city's rail travellers

Paul Melia

DUBLIN rail commuters will enjoy cheaper fares from next month if they switch over to a new "Smart Card" ticket.

Iarnrod Eireann will introduce the new type of ticket from April which will allow customers to enter and exit stations quicker because they will not have to insert their ticket into an electronic barrier. They will simply pass it over an electronic device to open the gates.

And it will result in cheaper fares on single journeys. Currently, a ticket from Sutton to the city centre on the DART costs €2.30. Tickets will be 20c cheaper if a smart card is used.

The smart card will also allow commuters to travel on bus, rail and tram without buying tickets for each leg of the journey. Instead, they pre-pay and a computer system calculates the appropriate fare and deducts it from the customer's account.

However, the one-size-fits-all card for rail, tram and bus commuters living in the Greater Dublin Area won't be available until 2011. The cost of delivering the full system will be €55m.

Irish Independent

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