Public transport fares are to be halved for students and young adults from Monday

Starting tomorrow, public transport fares will be reduced by 50 percent for students and young people.

The new low fares apply to all subsidized public transport journeys on Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, Go-Ahead Ireland and Local Link and come into effect on Monday 9 May.

The TFI 90 Minutes plan is now only €1 for students and Young Adult Leap Card holders. The standard single fare for young adults and students is €0.65 in Counties Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

All adults ages 19-23 are eligible for half price. Eligibility lasts until the day before age 24.

Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan said the fare cut was “unprecedented and quite radical”.

“When I announced a permanent 50 percent fare reduction for young adults in Budget 2022, I really wanted to make public transport more attractive to young people so that using public transport can become a lifelong habit,” he said.

“I also wanted to contribute a bit to youth development by making everyday life a bit more affordable. This fare reduction is unprecedented and quite radical.”

“But I strongly believe that if we are serious about putting low-carbon transport at the heart of our efforts to build a sustainable future, and if we want to take people, and young people in particular, with us on this journey, we need to embark on this journey.” “

If the additional 20 percent fare reduction for all public transport announced as part of the government’s cost-of-living support last February is applied, it means public transport for young adults will actually be 60 percent cheaper by the end of this year are.

No action is required for current Student Leap Card holders. They simply pay for their journey with Leap and the discounted fare is debited from their card as normal.

However, young adults who are not students and wish to take advantage of the lower fares must apply for a Young Adult Leap Card for use when traveling.

The card application facility is available online and opens on Monday 9th May. The cards are all manufactured in Ireland and fulfillment is completed promptly with the cards being delivered to customers by post.

As soon as the customer has received the Young Adult Card, he can use it on all relevant public transport.

Customers under the age of 19 already benefit from the Child 16-18 Leap Card, which is valid until the day before the age of 19.

Minister for Children and Youth Roderic O’Gorman said the 50 per cent reduction in fares across the board will have a “positive impact” for so many.

“I am very happy about the implementation, especially since it is an idea from young people for young people,” said the minister.

“I would like to thank the members of Comhairle na nÓg for their campaign to reduce fares and I am delighted to support Eamon in making this happen for them and all young people.”

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority said she looks forward to seeing more young adults using public transport every day.

Anne Graham said: “There is particularly good news for Cork rail commuters as Mallow is included in the fare range for Cork commuter trains. This means that a student or young adult can travel from Mallow to any station in the Cork area for just €1.95 when paying with Leap.”

“Value for money is not the only factor driving people to switch to public transport, but it is an important factor and we know that reducing fares like this will make public transport more attractive to more young adults .”

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