79. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the setting up of a forum for public transport as committed to in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17767/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, following on from a commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government and as further committed to in the latter part of 2017, work is underway in the Department on reviewing public transport policy “to ensure services are sustainable into the future and are meeting the needs of a modern economy”. As part of this review, I as Minister am committed to convene and host a round-table policy discussion for...

64. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide the timeframe on the delivery and implementation of the promised stakeholder forum for transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49344/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 64 together.
The Deputies will be aware that Iarnród Éireann workers are currently balloting on the recent Labour Court Recommendation and I do not wish to interfere in any way in that process. However, I would like to assure the Deputies that I look forward and remain committed to holding a dialogue with public transport stakeholders at an appropriate time and I hope that this can be shortly....

1022. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the development of public transport infrastructure for the Donabate Portrane peninsula, County Dublin to support the growing population; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46181/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development and implementation of public transport in the Greater Dublin Area and the NTA’s ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’ provides the overarching framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services in the region over the next two decades.  
Noting this, I have forwarded the Dep...

488. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will instruct Irish Rail to provide a motorised buggy service to bring persons with limited mobility from the station hall down the platform at Heuston Station to the trains; if he will fund the provision of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43893/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): In Budget 2018 I secured multi-annual funding of almost €30 million over the next four years to continue the programme of retro-fitting older, existing public transport facilities to improve their accessibility features. This effectively doubles the previously planned investment amount.  
Allocation of that funding is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA). I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct rep...

16. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the level of funding he requested in budget 2018 to move the metro north project forward; his views on the project; the progress to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42161/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), including the new Metro North project.  Together with a number of other large scale projects included in the NTA’s Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035, the new Metro North project will significantly improve capacity in the public transport network in ...

53. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to address the substantial price difference for persons travelling from Newbridge rail station compared to Sallins station just seven kilometres away; his further plans to reduce the fares for adults families or students in view of the need to encourage as many persons as possible to use public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42133/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Public Transport Fares)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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35. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress which has been made towards the establishment of a public transport stakeholder dialogue as per the Labour Court recommendation arising from the Bus Éireann dispute; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29982/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The Deputy is aware that I am committed to a dialogue with all public transport stakeholders in order to advance the commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government to start a review of public transport policy.
I believe that this broad dialogue will allow for all stakeholders, including trade unions, a chance to inform the development of public transport policy in Ireland.  I look forward to that dialogue and the participa...

655. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the rationale behind the policy which does not include the commuter towns Newbridge and Kildare in the short hop zone train fare zone when Newbridge and Kildare are included in the rent pressure zone which acknowledges the pressures of a commuter town; if there is a discrepancy in not including these commuter towns in the short hop zone especially in view of the fact they are seen as being part of the rent pressure zone; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16562/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Public Transport Fares)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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63. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will ensure that any privatisation of the public transport network, required under EU rules, should be contingent on maintaining disability access on these routes or providing disability access in which none already exists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38762/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 it is a statutory function of the National Transport Authority (NTA) to determine the appropriate mix of directly awarded and competitively tendered bus services.  In line with its statutory authority, and following a public consultation process, the NTA announced in December 2013 that some 10% of routes currently operated by Dublin Bus and by Bus Éireann under their Direct Award contract...

609. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times he has met Transport Infrastructure Ireland to discuss the metro north project since he became Minister; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29719/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I had a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) on 8th August 2016 to discuss a range of issues under their remit, including new Metro North.
TII and the National Transport Authority (NTA) have commenced preparatory work on planning and design of new Metro North and a dedicated project Steering Group which has been established for this purpose is meeting on a regular basis.  ​Funding has been made available under the Gov...

610. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the new metro north project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29720/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​Funding has been made available under the Government’s Capital Plan “Building on Recovery Infrastructure & Capital Investment 2016-2021” for planning, design and construction of new Metro North, with construction expected to commence in 2021 with a view to delivering the project by 2026/2027. The Programme for Partnership Government commits to proceeding with the New Metro North project. It is estimated that the project will cost i...

776. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will increase the subvention to public bus companies in the upcoming budget given the upturn in economic activity and corresponding increased use of public transport, such as last year when 11.7 million bus journeys were taken in Cork, a 7.3% increase on the 10.9 million journeys in 2014 according to the NTA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23426/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Public Transport Subsidies)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Deputy will be aware that this year’s total Public Service Obligation (PSO) subvention was increased by 13% when compared to last year and the total amount of money being made available to the National Transport Authority (NTA) in 2016 is €236.6m.
It is the statutory responsibility of the National Transport Authority (NTA) to allocate the funding to the various PSO operators. All PSO services are provided in accordance with publ...

778. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has read the pre-budget submission from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce; his views on its recommendations that a minimum €1 billion extra is invested in public transport over the next four years; that in 2017 as many productive infrastructure projects as possible should be progressed and projects such as metro north and DART underground accelerated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23428/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I am aware of Dublin Chamber’s pre-Budget submission which my Department has received.
The allocation of capital funding for public transport under the Government’s Capital Plan “Building on Recovery Infrastructure & Capital Investment 2016-2021” is €3.6 billion.  This was framed within the context of Government fiscal policy and the range of competing demands for Government expenditure, and while it means that not all desirable pro...

779. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to address infrastructure deficits in regional transport as is committed to under the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23429/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Capital Plan published in September 2015 outlined proposed transport investment priorities to 2022. I understand that the transport element of the plan was framed by the conclusions reached in my Department’s Strategic Investment Framework for Land Transport. This report highlighted the importance of maintenance and renewal of transport infrastructure together with targeted investments to address particular bottlenecks and crit...

787. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has been briefed by Dublin City Council regarding its plans to fast-track the construction of a €30 million bridge linking Dublin’s south docks with the planned new urban quarter on the Poolbeg peninsula; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23437/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).
I understand that the proposed bridge linking the South Docks with Poolbeg Peninsula forms part of the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme. It is also proposed under the Dublin City Centre Transport Study jointly prepared by Dublin City Council an...

944. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when there will be on-street signage at the bus stops in Skerries giving real time information to commuters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19198/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, the implementation and development of infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area, such as Real Time Passenger Information, comes under the remit of the NTA.  
Noting this I have referred the Deputy’s questio...

621. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to extend the DART line to Donabate, County Dublin; if any costings have been done towards this goal; the long-term plans for extending the DART to Balbriggan, north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14789/14 asked on 01 Apr 2014 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The extension of the DART to Balbriggan forms part of the overall DART Underground project which was postponed in 2011.   Due to financial constraints, the Government’s current capital plan to 2016 did not provide for the DART Underground which was planned as a PPP but with a very significant level of Exchequer support. 
DART Underground remains a  key element of the overall public transport integration strategy and  would deliver ...

1273. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of bus shelters that have been placed in Fingal since March 2011; the locations of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46284/13 asked on 05 Nov 2013 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The issue of bus stop improvement is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with the relevant transport provider and I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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254. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide details on the most recent proposals for timetable changes for a Dublin bus route (details supplied); if this proposal was accepted; if consideration is being given to organising the timetable to coincide with the train timetable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34015/13 asked on 11 Jul 2013 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The issue raised is a matter for Dublin Bus in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to both the company and the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive replies within ten working days.
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255. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide details of the most recent proposals for a Dublin bus route (details supplied) in order to meet capacity requirements at peak times; if he will provide an update on plans for this route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34016/13 asked on 11 Jul 2013 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The issue raised is a matter for Dublin Bus in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA). I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to Dublin Bus for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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