Dáil Éireann - Volume 655 - 21 May, 2008
Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.
Deputy Paul Kehoe Deputy Paul Kehoe
Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if there are plans to extend the free travel scheme to cover bus routes not available to travel passholders such as Airlink or 747; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20119/08]
Deputy Mary Hanafin Deputy Mary Hanafin
Deputy Mary Hanafin: My Department operates the free travel scheme which provides free travel on the main public and private transport services for those eligible under the scheme. These include road, rail and ferry services provided by companies such as Bus Átha Cliath, Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann, as well as Luas and services provided by over 90 private transport operators. Airlink and other special airport services are not covered by the free travel scheme. However, as there are several other buses serving Dublin airport from the city centre, such as the 16A, on which the free travel pass can be used, there is no question of pass holders having to pay to access Dublin airport by public transport. I will continue to review the operation of the free travel scheme with a view to identifying the scope for further improvements as resources permit.
Dáil Éireann 655 Written Answers. Social Welfare Benefits.