Opinion Letters

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Leap of faith

• I would agree with Ciaran Mac Annraoi (Letters, July 25) about the huge difference between the Leap card here in Dublin and the Oyster card in London. Nearly 95pc of customers use the Oyster card and, as Mr Mac Annraoi highlights, they get significant savings across the city. Here in Ireland, we have to listen to the ridiculous statement by the National Transport Authority (NTA) that the Leap card "has got off to a really encouraging start" (Irish Independent, July 3) when its own figures indicate that less than 10pc of commuters are using the card, six months after its much-heralded launch.

The transport troika -- CIE, Dublin Bus and the NTA -- are clearly out of touch with their constituency, the humble commuters. Maybe we should classify the NTA statement as a Leap of faith!

We've waited nearly 10 years and paid nearly €55m for integrated ticketing, yet when you get on a Dublin bus with this magical card, you still have to tell the driver where you are going, leading to excessive delays in boarding the bus. There have also been problems with where the Leap can be topped up, and there is no facility to match the 90-minute or Rambler bus tickets, so it can actually end up being a more expensive way to travel by public transport.

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