9. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if CIE has received the €36 million subvention announced in July 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57230/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Public Transport)

(Deputy Alan Kelly): On 24 July, the Government decided to provide additional PSO funding of €36 million to CIE to ensure that the companies could continue to operate for the rest of 2012.  This would bring the total PSO subvention for this year to €278 million, higher than the subvention level for 2010, and the fifth highest level of subvention ever. In November, €16 million of the additional subvention was paid by the National Transport Authority to CIE and the remaining allocation of €20 mil...

29. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update in installing wi-fi on public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57211/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - 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.
In the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), funding for the implementation and development of public transport infrastructure projects, such as the installation of wi-fi on both buses and trains, is provided by my Department to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for allocation to projects and programmes. Noti...

35. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has considered expanding the Leap card to allow it to be used for the Dublin bikes schemes; if he will bring this proposal to the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57254/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly) (Deputy Alan Kelly): Responsibility to develop, procure, implement, operate and maintain the integrated ticketing Leap Card system in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) became a function of the National Transport Authority (NTA) with effect from 30th September 2010.
I understand from the NTA, however, that they have had initial discussions with the Dublin Bikes scheme and are currently reviewing the options for in...

253. Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the last performance review of Bus Éireann was undertaken; when the last review of mileage charge differentiation was undertaken to determine fairness and equality among bus users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55752/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 253 to 255, inclusive, together.
The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s questions 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 Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the last performance review of Dublin Bus was undertaken; when the last review of mileage charge differentiation was undertaken to determine fairness and equality among bus users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55753/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 253 to 255, inclusive, together.
The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s questions 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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255. Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the last performance review of Iarnród Éireann was undertaken; when the last review of mileage charge differentiation was undertaken to determine fairness and equality among bus users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55754/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 253 to 255, inclusive, together.
The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s questions 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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256. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if EU funding was allocated to purchase the additional buses for Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann; if so, the amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55797/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As I indicated to the Deputy in my reply to PQ 54943/12 on 06 December 2012, the only funding approved for Public Transport projects under the BMW Regional Authority Operational Programme (2007 – 2013) was in respect of the Elimination of Speed Restrictions at Portarlington. Similarly, the only funding approved for Public Transport projects under the Trans European Network-Transport (TEN-T) multi annual programme was for the DART U...

258. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of passengers Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Luas carried in the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; if his Department measures similar transport usage by private sector companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55799/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): My Department does not have passenger data for private sector companies. Passenger data for Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Luas for the years 2009 to 2011 are contained in the published Annual Reports for the companies concerned.  I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the companies for direct reply in relation to passenger data for 2012 to date. Please advise my private office if you do not receive replies within ...

260. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details and arrangements applying to all Bus Éireann wheelchair accessible routes within and serving County Cavan and County Monaghan; the details of any other wheelchair accessible public or private transport service operating in or to and from these counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55904/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The issue raised is a matter for Bus Eireann and any other public or private transport service licensed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to operate in the areas referred to by the Deputy.  I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to both Bus Eireann 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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676. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Buncrana, County Donegal is not serviced by Bus Éireann; and his plans to address this matter. (Question 53740/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The provision of services by Bus Éireann is a matter for the company in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA). I have referred the Deputy’s question to company for direct reply. I have also referred the question to the NTA in relation to the licensing of bus services generally in the Buncrana area. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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693. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a breakdown of costs for the proposed LUAS BXD line project; if he will explain the very high cost per kilometre compared to other European light rail construction projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54427/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The provision of infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), such as LUAS BXD, now comes under the remit of the NTA in accordance with the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008.  LUAS BXD to Broombridge is designed to be a key element in an overall integrated transport network for Dublin.  It will create a LUAS network by joining the LUAS Red and Green Lines and will also link with rail services from Maynooth and Dunboy...

699. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the impact that the LUAS link up will have on Dublin city transport links throughout 2013; if this will have an impact on tourists expected to visit the capital through the Gathering; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54571/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The provision of infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), such as LUAS BXD, now comes under the remit of the National Transport authority (NTA) in accordance with the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008.  Pre-construction enabling works will proceed in 2013, with the main construction of the project not commencing until 2015. I understand that there has been extensive engagement between the NTA, the Railway Procure...

280. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the process by which advertisements are cleared for use on publicly owned public transport services; the steps a person can take if they believe an advertisement to not be suitable for use on publicly financed transport services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53672/12 asked on 29 Nov 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): This is a matter for the relevant public transport provider and the advertiser in conjunction with the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI).  The ASAI set standards for advertising and adjudicate on complaints received, including those for alcohol drinks advertisements.
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93. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to ensure a viable public transport system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52911/12 asked on 27 Nov 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport(Deputy Alan Kelly): This question is in regard to the public transport system. My Department and the National Transport Authority are working with public transport operators to increase the efficiency and attractiveness of existing public transport services.  We are not in a financial position to make a significant investment in the public transport network, but we can get a better return from the existing public transport syst...

143. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the extra subvention of €36 million being allocated to CIE; his plans to support and maintain public transport services in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52246/12 asked on 27 Nov 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): On 24th July last, the Government decided to provide additional funding of €36 million to CIÉ to ensure that the companies could continue to operate for the rest of 2012. This would bring the total subvention for this year to €278m, higher than the subvention level for 2010 and is the fifth highest level of subvention ever. To date €16 million of the additional subvention has been paid by the National Transport Authority to CIÉ and...

678. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there has been a recent tendering competition for new bus routes from Dublin to Kells and Cavan and from Dublin to Edenderry, County Offaly and Maynooth, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49514/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The issues raised are matters 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 reply within ten working days.
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687. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of passengers who used the Dublin-Carrick-On Shannon, Dublin-Cavan, Dublin-Letterkenny, Dublin-New Ross and The Dublin-Westport Bus Éireann Service for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49762/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): This is a matter for Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the company for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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705. Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the decision to cut bus routes is taken by him, The National Transport Authority or Bus Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45726/12 asked on 23 Oct 2012 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Bus Éireann currently operates two types of public service; commercial services operating under the Expressway brand, which are operated under licences granted by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and socially necessary but financially unviable services, known as Public service Obligation (PSO) services, which are operated under a contract with the NTA. The NTA makes a payment to the two bus companies that operate the PSO serv...

1. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason he withdrew funding of €36 million for CIÉ two months after approving it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45399/12 asked on 18 Oct 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The CIE group is struggling with a very difficult financial situation. On 24 July last, the Government decided to provide additional funding of €36 million to CIE to ensure that the companies could continue to operate for the rest of 2012. This would bring the total subvention for this year to €278 million, higher than the subvention level for 2010 and the fifth highest level of subvention ever.  At this very difficult time for t...

2. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to improve the provision of public transport and smarter travel options across the State while at the same time reducing the public transport subvention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45456/12 asked on 18 Oct 2012 - Public Transport)

Deputy Leo Varadkar: My Department and the National Transport Authority are working with public transport operators to increase the efficiency and attractiveness of existing public transport services.  We are not in a financial position to make significant investment in our public transport network but we can get a better return from our existing public transport system, through targeted investment, better use of resources and by using smart technology to make public transport more responsive a...

56. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if Irish Rail was invited to tender for the new ten year contract for the operation of the Luas system; if he will indicate if he gave an instruction or directive to Irish Rail on this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45094/12 asked on 18 Oct 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Responsibility for the award of the contract for the operation of Luas rests with the National Transport Authority (NTA). I understand from the NTA that the current contract expires in September 2014 and that it expects to advertise a notice for the 2014 Luas Operations Contact in the Official Journal of the European Union shortly. I have given no instruction or directive to Irish Rail in relation to this matter.
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258. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will explain the ambiguity between his statement of 24 July regarding the €36 million cash injection to CIE in which he said it was for CIE to remain adequately funded for the immediate future so it can continue to provide a sufficient service to the travelling public with your most recent statement in which you appear to be setting preconditions in advance of providing the funding; if he will give an assurance to the six thousand bus workers in CIE who’s earnings match that of the average industrial wage that his policy or intervention will not contribute to the undermining of their ability to continue to provide for their families at a time when the reduction in subvention, rising fuel costs and falling passenger numbers has served to have a severe financial impact on the company. (Question 45532/12 asked on 18 Oct 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Priority Question No. 1  which I answered earlier.
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703. Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport the criteria on which the bus route between County Dublin and County Sligo has been altered; the reason Rooskey and Dromod have been dropped from the route; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this change to the route will leave those without private transport in the area incapable of getting to work or college; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42847/12 asked on 09 Oct 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The issue raised is an operational matter for Bus Éireann in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA).  I have referred the Deputy’s question to the company for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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706. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport his views on the removal of all six buses from a village (details supplied) in County Mayo; (Question 42989/12 asked on 09 Oct 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The provision of the bus services referred to is an operational matter for Bus Éireann in conjunction with the National Transport Authority.  I have referred the Deputy’s question to the company for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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712. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if the frequency of a bus service in south County Kerry will be increased (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43461/12 asked on 09 Oct 2012 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The provision of bus services is an operational matter for Bus Éireann in conjunction with the National Transport Authority.  I have referred the Deputy’s question to the company for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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