Limerick commuters to see a Leap in savings

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, with the CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham and Regional Manager South-West,  Bus Eireann, Miriam Flynn, to launch the Leap card in the city centre. Picture: Brian Gavin/Press 22
CHEAPER fares for city centre buses in Limerick will be introduced next month, it has been announced.

CHEAPER fares for city centre buses in Limerick will be introduced next month, it has been announced.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, was in Limerick yesterday with CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham and the regional manager of Bus Éireann, Miriam Flynn, to launch the Leap card.

The exact date of its introduction will be announced later, but it will be within the next month.

Bus Éireann commuters here will be able use the Leap card to ‘pay-as-they-go’ using the card’s travel credit facility, which allows them to benefit from the cheaper fares amounting to 20% off the cash price of their journey.

In addition, customers can pre-load the 24 hour Adult Pass for the Red Zone (city area) onto their Leap card.

Leap cards can be bought and topped up in a range of local shops and newsagents, who display the Leap card sign. The www.leapcard.ie website also provides information and customer support about the card and the benefits for users.

The Leap card is already available on public transport services in the Greater Dublin Area, as well as Bus Éireann’s services in Cork city and county and in Galway city.

Next month, the National Transport Authority will be making further Red Zone products available on Leap, including seven-day and monthly tickets, TaxSaver tickets (both monthly and annual) and child and student tickets (seven-day and monthly).

Ms Flynn said: “Following on from the success with Leap card services in Greater Dublin area, Cork and Galway, this is excellent news for Limerick commuters.”