Students looking for accommodation got a bit of a boost today as half price public transport for young adults under 24 is extended to private bus companies.
Sport Minister Eamon Ryan said the 50 per cent fare reduction for all young people aged 19 to 23 and up to their 24th birthday will be available on commercial bus services from next week.
The formal announcement will be made later today via the National Transport Authority (NTA).
The 50 percent fare reduction for young people was introduced as a permanent measure in the 2022 budget and came into effect on 9 May.
Previously it only applied to all subsidized public transport journeys by Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, Go-Ahead Ireland and Transport For Ireland’s Local Link services.
However, Mr Ryan said he was aware of the importance of commercial bus services in many parts of the country that are less well served by government transport services.
“For example, many young people also use regular buses to get to and from the university. So it’s good news that the half-price fare will now be available on even more connections across the country,” the minister said.
Mr Ryan said the discounted fares had three key benefits.
“They save young people money, they help make public and shared transport more attractive and accessible,” he said.
“Thus, by choosing public or shared transport, young commuters play an important role in reducing our overall emissions from transport,” the minister added.
The national transport authority is also expected to announce changes to overnight service fares today to help young adults too.
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