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Friday 24 January 2020

The price of a ticket is already 'ridiculous'

Reba Murphy, right, a 19-year-old student from Newbridge, Co Kildare, uses the Luas to commute around Dublin.

She said the price of a ticket was already "absolutely ridiculous" and that the hike was unreasonable.

"You can't buy a standard one-way student ticket," she said and believed there should be more choice for students on the service.

Aaron Farry (29), right, from Co Leitrim, is a pharmacist in Dublin city centre. He said he uses the bus occasionally and the Luas two or three times a week.

He believed the hikes would be especially hard on families who commute on the bus daily.

"I suppose the Luas increase is in line with inflation and increasing oil prices, but the bus increase is large," he said.

While the increases won't have a huge impact on him, he said it would be difficult for people trying to find a job.

Gareth Lee (38), from Donabate, north Dublin, said he uses the DART every day.

He was angry at the move to increase fares and believed people could not afford them. He said it would force more people in to their cars.

Stephen Carthy (30), right, from Naas, Co Kildare, said he uses the Bus Eireann service to commute to work in Dublin every day.

He said the rise meant an extra €20 to €30 every month for him – or around €360 a year – and believed a private bus service might provide better value. "I'll shop around to see if I can get a better price," he said.

Sabrina Doyle (32), right, from Saggart, south Dublin, uses the Luas to commute to work at Arnotts every day. "I have no other choice but to pay it," she said.

She added that because both the Luas and bus fares had increased, she had no way of escaping the increased cost.

Irish Independent

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