THE head of Limerick Chamber of Commerce has said that it is important for public transport to support the needs of “our community and the business community”, and that people visiting the city centre “are not deterred”.
Dr James Ring’s comments come after city centre bus fares jumped from €2 to €2.10. All-day tickets have also risen from €4.20 to €4.40.
He said that while it was “unfortunate” the bus prices have risen by 5%, public transport is “the most cost-friendly” method for getting into the city to do shopping.
However, he said that while the 10c hike was not a “huge increase”, it was above inflation and would “impact people”.
“For people to be at work on time, that means buses have to be on time, all the time. You can’t afford to gamble on the bus service. I don’t think people would mind paying the extra 10c if they knew that the service was always going to be on time,” he said.
“The onus is on Bus Éireann to improve the amount of buses they run and where the buses go to. The reality is that we want more people to be using public transport, and we want an affordable transport system,” he added.
He said that there are tax benefits, as tickets are tax deductible.
Dr Ring said while they are not “overly negative” on the ticket prices, which came into effect on December 1, they “don’t want to see a price increase”.
Cllr Maurice Quinlivan stated that, in comparison to transport fares across Europe, Limerick was more expensive.