Fianna Fáil has announced that it will introduce free public transport for young people under the age of 18 if the party gets into Government.

It’s one of a range of measures announced by the party to make public transport more affordable, attractive and reliable

The party’s Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart TD, explained, “This policy means that children and young people under the age of 18 will be able to travel on public buses, the Luas, the Dart and commuter trains for free at all times of the day, all year around. This will reduce the dependence of students for lifts from parents and ease the pressure on family finances.

“Not only will it make the use of public transport far more affordable and attractive for families, we believe it will help to create a culture of public transport use among the younger generation, which will have enormous long-term benefits for our city, our country and our environment.

“This measure will require a €27million investment, which is included in Fianna Fáil’s fully costed general election manifesto published on Friday.  It’s just one of a raft of measures aimed at promoting and investing in public transport, cycling and walking.

“Fianna Fáil will also create a Transport section within An Garda Síochána to crack down on antisocial behaviour on public transport. We will ensure greater frequency and capacity of our bus and rail services, by significantly boosting investment through a €30million annual increase in the Public Service Obligation (PSO) subvention.

“We will also invest a further €50million in the urban National Cycling Strategy.  We will expand safe and segregated cycling paths, allow for priority signalling for cyclists, improve access to the Bike to Work scheme by reducing time limits, increase the availability of bike storage and establish a bike register to tackle bike theft.

“This is about making commuting easier, quicker and safer for Dubliners and the commuter belt and creating a more positive relationship with public transport use in our city.”