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Is the Government at fault for “Rip Off Ireland”?

CIE are looking to increase their fares by 9% according to this article in the Sunday Times yesterday. As a fairly satisified user of Dublin Bus to get to my real job in the mornings, this would increase my current €1.55 fare to probably €1.70. This would be an increase of €6 per month in my travelling expenses which is not too bad since it’s still €78 less than what I was paying when I drove to work.

We’ve seen lots of comments recently, and this article adds to that, regarding how government organisations are responsible for increasing their process at three times the current rate of inflation.

However, take London for example. I was over there a couple of weeks ago, and their standard bus fare for any length of journey was £1.50 – which actually works out to being €2.20. So Dublin fares don’t compare too badly.

However, the reasoning behind the flat fare in London, I believe, is because they’ve implemented the Oyster Card which is a single travel pass arrangement where you can use the same swipe card on buses, the underground, regular trains, the Docklands Light Railway, and trams.

We’re a long time waiting for integrated ticketing for public transport in Dublin. It’ll be interesting to see whether standard flat fares become policy in that implementation, and if so, what they’ll set those rates at, and whether or not they’ll be the excuse for any further price rises.

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