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POPULAR: Dublin buses. Photo: Damien Eagers

POPULAR: Dublin buses. Photo: Damien Eagers

POPULAR: Dublin buses. Photo: Damien Eagers

SOME 270 million journeys were made using public transport in Ireland two years ago, with over 50pc using bus.

Dublin Bus ferried 113.28m people or 42pc of public transport passengers in 2012, with Bus Eireann moving 28.63m or 10.6pc of people around Ireland.

Iarnrod Eireann carried 36.92m passengers by rail in 2012 and LUAS customers totalled 29.32m.

According to figures released in a report from the National Transport Authority focusing on commercial bus services in the greater Dublin area, roughly 75pc of all public transport trips in Dublin, were made by bus.

The majority of journeys were taken on bus services provided by public operators, rural transport operators, licensed commercial bus companies and on school buses.

The figures collected for the report represent a new era in public transport as this is the first time statistics have been collected in the area.

Journeys on licensed commercial buses represent 8pc of the total of journeys made by bus in 2012.

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The report also found that 74pc of buses in the greater Dublin area have now been fitted with a Global Positioning System (GPS) electronic device.

This allows operators to manage the fleet better and provides efficient Real Time Information for passengers.

However, out of the 550 buses used to provide licensed bus services in Dublin only 65 of these vehicles are "low-floor, wheelchair accessible buses".

This means that just 12pc of Dublin buses are suitable for use by those in a wheelchair.

According to the report €87.77m was spent by passengers travelling by bus in the greater Dublin area in 2012, with €242.27m being spent nationally by those passengers availing of public buses.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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