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COUNTRY FOCUS Ireland


Dublin’s urban ITS reality T


Michael Aherne assesses the impact of the National Transport Authority’s Investment in ITS


he National Transport Authority (NTA) is a State body set up under statute in 2009. The role and func- tions of the Authority are set out in three Acts of


the Oireachtas (the national parliament of the Republic of Ireland): the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008, the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009 and the Taxi Regulation Act (2003). The staff and functions of the Commission for Taxi Regulation, were incorporated into the Authority in 2011. Our governing body, the Authority, consists of a chairper-


son and 11 authority members appointed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. The principal functions of the Authority are:


Nationally • entering into contracts for the provision of public trans- port services by bus and rail


• providing funding for specified bus and rail travel serv- ices that are considered necessary for economic or social reasons


• licensing bus routes • regulating the taxi sector • promoting an integrated public transport network • implementing integrated ticketing, fares and information schemes


Greater Dublin Area • Strategic planning of transport; • Development of an integrated, accessible public transport network;


• Promoting cycling and walking; • Provision financing the construction of public transport infrastructure


• of public transport infrastructure generally including light rail, metro and heavy rail; and


• Effective management of traffic and transport demand.


The Greater Dublin Area covers the eastern region of the country, is home to 40 per cent of the population, with the capital city Dublin at its core. In addition to these statu- tory functions the Authority develops and administers a number of grant programmes on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: • Regional cities traffic management programme • National Accessibility Programme


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The Greater Dublin Area constitutes a sizeable portion of the entire Republic’s land mass and is home to 40 per cent of the country’s population


It consists of South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire– Rathdown, Fingal, County Meath, County Kildare, and County Wicklow, as well as Dublin City


The recently-introduced Leap Card increases the convenience of paying for public transport, encouraging people to choose this option more often


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