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Integrated ticket system for Dublin at least two years off

Even though an integrated system could be introduced tomorrow with the minimum of fuss and using current technologies, the powers that be are continuing to drag their heels. Even worse, it looks like we’ll be wasting money on more consultants.

Paul Melia in the Irish Independent reports:

THE full roll-out of an integrated ticket for Dublin commuters will not happen until the end of 2010, almost eight years after it was first announced.

The “smart card” allowing Dublin commuters to use one ticket on bus, Luas and rail is expected to cost €49.6m, the Department of Transport revealed yesterday.

The integrated system will be launched in September 2009 but only for Dublin Bus, Luas and Morton’s Coaches — a private transport operator.

It will be extended to Irish Rail, DART and commuter services over the following year, while Bus Eireann will undertake a “trial project”.

A tender document for a consultant on the project says that the full roll-out is not expected until the end of 2010.

Fine Gael Transport spokesman Fergus O’Dowd said: “It seems to me that this is about getting everyone (the transport operators) to agree how much they will get from the ticket,” he said.

“It doesn’t make sense to me to be employing more consultants, it’s a bit much.”

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