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Issue 6 2015 • 17 December 2015 • Cormac Rabbitt, Managing Director, Metro Dublin
Metro Dublin is a new mass rapid transit network to serve Ireland’s capital city and the country. Cormac Rabbitt, Managing Director of the scheme, explains for Eurotransport why and how Metro Dublin propose to create and deliver a cost effective transit metro network for Dublin’s future…
Industry news • 30 September 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD has announced plans to build a new Metro North link between Dublin Airport and the city centre.
Issue 2 2015 • 6 May 2015 • Pat O’Donoghue, Director of Design & Construction at the Railway Procurement Agency
Dublin suffers from intense traffic congestion which costs the state enormously in terms of lost productivity, higher cost of conducting business, loss of inward investment, environmental emissions and high accident rates. Pat O’Donoghue, Director of Design & Construction at the Railway Procurement Agency, explains that the Luas Cross City light-rail network will offer a fast, frequent and reliable alternative to the private car for travelling to the city centre and is designed to accommodate a high level of existing demand…
Industry news • 16 February 2015 • National Transport Authority
The Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, was in Limerick with the CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham and Regional Manager South-West, Bus Éireann, Miriam Flynn, to launch the Leap Card in the city…
Issue 5 2013 • 11 November 2013 • Tim Gaston, Director – Integrated Ticketing Scheme, National Transport Authority of Ireland
The National Transport Authority (NTA) of Ireland is a state body that was set up in 2000 and is responsible for managing public transport operators and regulating the small public service vehicle sector (i.e. taxis, hackneys and limousines). The governing body of the NTA consists of a Chairperson and 11 authority members appointed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The principal functions of the NTA are split into the following two areas:
National principal functions include: entering into contracts for the provision of public transport services; providing funding for specified bus and rail travel services that are considered necessary for economic or social reasons; licensing bus routes; regulating the taxi sector; promoting an integrated public transport network; and implementing integrated ticketing, fares and information schemes.
“Technology can greatly improve the transport experience…”
Alstom has been awarded two contract extensions by Ireland’s RPA…
On 20 December 2010, Alstom handed over the 66th Citadis tram to the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) in Dublin, at the Sandyford maintenance depot…
Issue 4 2010 • 19 August 2010 • Noel Dempsey, Minister for Transport, Ireland
Metro North is a key element in the creation of a fully integrated rail based public transport network for the Greater Dublin Area as envisaged in Transport 21 – the Irish Government’s multi-billion transport infrastructure investment programme. Metro North will avail of a range of interchange opportunities with light and heavy rail, bus services and park and ride facilities.
Metro North will connect the town of Swords in North County Dublin to Dublin City Centre. Using underground, surface and elevated tracks, Metro North will operate from St Stephen’s Green in the city centre, via Dublin Airport, to Belinstown, north of Swords.
Listening to the daily news unfolding of the impact of the economic downturn, it is becoming apparent that no one is immune to the difficulties arising from the current climate and like all cities, the future in Dublin looks challenging for businesses.
Dublin Bus must be prepared for the challenges to come. There are a number of well documented factors which affect all public transport providers in Ireland that are of particular concern. One such issue is the continued rise in the cost of fuel. At present, fuel prices mean that the cost of running the Dublin Bus fleet will rise from €19.6 million in 2007 to €37 million this year.
Carrying 150 million passengers in 2006, Dublin Bus remains the largest public transport provider in Dublin with 70 per cent of public transport users each morning commuting into the city by bus.
Last year was a particularly successful year for the company in terms of passenger numbers and profits, and despite worsening congestion, passenger numbers increased by almost one million, and revenue by two million Euros on the previous year. These achievements are due to a number of factors, including fleet expansion, accessibility of service, and the provision of a viable alternative to private car use.
Dublin City Council is a major user of CCTV systems. It is primarily used for traffic monitoring and management within the city area, along regional and motorway links, dedicated public transport links, and the approaches to the Dublin Port Tunnel.
The City Council monitors over 160 CCTV cameras from a 24-hour control centre situated close to the city centre. The video images from these cameras are shared with a number of other agencies within the Greater Dublin area, including surrounding local authorities, the police and emergency services, and the National Roads Authority.