Fingal students will benefit from half-price public transport this back to school

Fingal students and youth returning to college this month will be able to take advantage of half-price travel on public transport for the upcoming term.

This reduction, which came into effect in May, will benefit people aged 19 to 23 and could generate up to €3,000 in potential savings over a year.

A further 20% overall reduction in fares on all public transport announced as part of the Government’s cost of living support measures will make transport fares 60% cheaper for students and young adults under 24 .

Skerries Advisor Karen Power said: ‘I was really pleased to see these substantial fee reductions come into effect in May this year, and it will be great for students at Skerries and Balbriggan to be able to take advantage of these reductions. during the next quarter.

“We all know the challenges of the rising cost of living, but this rate reduction represents a significant and tangible step in alleviating some of the pressure on Fingal’s youth.”

Swords councilor Ian Carey said: “In addition to these reductions in public transport fares, I also want to see more progress on new and improved walking and cycling routes in Swords, so that we can offer students and young people a greater variety of options for getting around. at their place of instruction each week.

“NTA figures released last week showed underspending of almost six million active travel funds available to Fingal Local Authority in 2021, so there is a huge opportunity here to make improvements. .”

Reduced fares on public transport came into effect in May 2022 and apply to all subsidized public transport journeys on Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, Go-Ahead Ireland and Local Link.

All young adults ages 19-23 are eligible for Half Fare and eligibility continues until the day before they turn 24.

For current Student Leap Card holders, no action is required. He simply pays for his trip through Leap, and the discounted fare is deducted from his card in the usual way.

However, non-student young adults who want the lower fares will need to apply for a Leap Young Adult Card to use when traveling.

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