19 million more passengers use public transport in 2018
269 million passenger journeys were provided by Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann, Luas, and Go-Ahead Ireland on ‘Transport For Ireland’ Public Service Obligation (PSO) services in 2018. The figure reflects an increase of almost 19 million passenger journeys, or 7.5% compared to 2017.
Passenger journeys carried out on Luas services increased by 11% to almost 42 million, in 2018. Figures for 2017 were 37.6 million. The Green Line extension to Broombridge which opened in December 2017 along with the seven longer trams that were brought into operation last year, were among the factors contributing to the positive year.
Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority said:
“These numbers are very positive and are a testament to the range and quality of services provided by our public transport operators.
It is clear that when there is a reliable, high quality, value-for-money public transport offering that customers will respond positively to it.”
The news regarding passenger growth follows a recent announcement that customers on the Broombridge - St. Stephen's Green extension of the green are 97% satisfied with the service. To help accommodate the growing popularity of the service, plans are also in place to extend all 402 trams in the Luas fleet by 10 metres.