Ireland’s key ITS activity brings passenger benefits

11 November 2013  •  Author(s): 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.

Greater Dublin Area

The principal functions for the Greater Dublin Area include: strategic planning of transport; development of an integrated, accessible public transport network; promoting cycling and walking; provision for financing the con – struction of public transport infrastructure generally including light-rail, metro and heavy rail; and effective management of traffic and transport demand.

The Greater Dublin Area covers the eastern region of the country – which represents 40% of the population – with the capital city Dublin at its core.

In addition to these statutory functions, the NTA develops and administers a number of grant programmes on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, including: the Regional Cities Traffic Management Programme; the National Accessibility Programme; the Rural Transport Programme; Smarter Travel Workplaces and Campuses; and Smarter Travel Schools.

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