THE National Transport Authority (NTA) is urging public transport users to get a Leap card for best value fares.
Fare increases, decreases and simplifications come into effect from December 1. The Leap card will continue to be better value than cash tickets, so the NTA wants to encourage all public transport users to avail of the cheaper card fares.
A major feature of the upcoming changes are the simplification of the cash and Leap card fares on Dublin Bus.
Currently, there are eight adult cash fare types and eight Leap fares. This will reduce to four different adult Leap fares and five adult cash fares.
NTA chief executive Gerry Murphy said: “With more than 750,000 Leap cards now in circulation and almost €2m per week used in travel credit, the Leap card has clearly been welcomed by the travelling public – both for the convenience and for the value it offers.
“In fact, Leap card fares in 2015 will nearly always be the same as or lower than a cash fare was in 2012.”
A few important points to note in relation to the new fares structure include that Leap fares will be at least 20% cheaper than cash single fares across Dublin Bus, Luas, DART, Commuter Rail, and Bus Eireann.
In addition, Leap fares multiplied by two work out 12 – 20% cheaper than return tickets on Luas/DART/commuter rail service.
Leap card fares in 2015 will also nearly always be the same as or lower than a cash single fare was in 2012, while Leap daily and weekly caps for 2015 will be unchanged in comparison to 2013 Leap cap prices.
In many cases, Leap-capped fares are lower than weekly tickets. For instance, a Dublin Bus five-day rambler is priced at €29.50 whereas the Dublin Bus weekly cap on the Leap card is unchanged, at €27.50.
The Leap card has relaxed the age rules to buy a child Leap card. Now, child cards can be used by people up to 18 years old. This means that young people can avail of significantly cheaper child fares for three extra years.
For further information, see www.nta.ie.