Dáil Éireann - Volume 586 - 27 May, 2004
Written Answers - Integrated Ticketing.
Mr. Murphy Mr. Murphy
32. Mr. Murphy asked the Minister for Transport if he intends to bring forward integrated ticketing and smart card technologies; if money has been allocated for this purpose in his Department’s Estimates for 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15784/04]
Mr. Brennan Mr. Brennan
Mr. Brennan: The Railway Procurement Agency, RPA, has statutory responsibility for the implementation of an integrated ticketing system based on smart card technologies for initial deployment in the Dublin area. The RPA has set a target date of 2005 for the launch of the full smart card based integrated ticketing system in Dublin. It continues to examine all options to expedite the delivery of integrated ticketing with a view to bringing forward the proposed launch date. A first step was the launch last month of a smart card ticketing system by a private operator, Morton’s, on its services while another important step will be the launch later this year by the RPA of smart cards on Luas services, with Dublin Bus introducing its system next year.
In the meantime, integrated tickets, based on magnet strip technology, are available for travel on Dublin Bus and Irish Rail services and I understand that the RPA is about to conclude a similar arrangement with both companies in respect of Luas services. The allocation for integrated ticketing in the 2004 Estimates for my Department is €9.5 million.
Question No. 33 answered with Question No. 10.
Dáil Éireann 586 Written Answers Integrated Ticketing.