* To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to extend real-time passenger information and integrated ticketing services to users of public transport in Galway; and, if so, if he will report on progress of same.
– Seán Kyne.
Responsibility to develop, procure, implement, operate and maintain the integrated ticketing scheme in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) became a function of the National Transport Authority (NTA) with effect from 30th September 2010 with the commencement of section 58 of the Dublin Transport Authority (DTA) Act 2008.
Furthermore in accordance with section 63(1) of the DTA Act 2008, the Authority has had extended to it the functions in relation to integrated ticketing schemes for all other areas of the State.
I understand from the NTA, however, that there are currently no plans to extend the Leap card integrated ticketing scheme to Galway or any other city or region outside the GDA. Having regard to the current financial difficulties the priority at present is the continued roll-out of the scheme in the GDA. During 2012 the NTA and participating transport operators will be actively involved in the introduction of a number of enhancements to the Leap card scheme in the GDA.
The NTA plans to extend the real-time passenger information system to Galway, and has been working with Galway City Council and Bus Éireann in this regard. Galway City Council is conducting preparatory work on locations and plans to start civil works as soon as possible. There will be approximately 20 signs in Galway as well as a website and app for all stops in the city. The signs should be in place by Autumn 2012. The Authority also plans to assist commercial bus operators access the system in the future.