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Discounted public transport fares for 19-23-year-olds to be announced as part of Budget

Young people between the ages of 19 and 23 are to get a 50% discount on public transport across the network.

It’s understood the scheme will be ready for roll-out by the middle of 2022.

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At the moment, student fares are roughly 30% cheaper than adult fares. Todays announcement means this discount will be bumped up to 50% from next year.

The new scheme will not just be limited to students, all young people in the age cohort will have access to the discounts.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan is eager to encourage young people to use public transport as part of Ireland’s new climate goals.

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Eamon Ryan said: “We had to fill that gap with a huge investment, to cover the PSO (public service obligation), to keep the companies going.”

“Now as we come out we have a real problem, because we see car traffic coming back, but people are still slow on public transport.”

“Our public transport revenues are not rising as fast as we would like and we’re going to be in a tight budget situation.”

IMAGE – “Dublin Bus” by Jeff Pioquinto, SJ is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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