Every little helps.
Cork students and young people who use public transport will find a few extra euros in their wallets at the end of the week, starting today.
A 50 percent public transport fare reduction for young people takes effect today, Monday, May 9th, bringing the standard single fare for young adults and students down to €0.65 in Cork.
The new low fares apply to all subsidised public transport journeys on Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Luas, Go-Ahead Ireland and TFI Local Link.
All adults aged 19 to 23 are eligible for the half-price fares, with eligibility continuing up to the day before their 24th birthday.
When the additional 20% fare reduction on all public transport announced as part of the government’s cost of living supports last February is applied, this means that public transport costs for young adults will actually be 60% cheaper until the end of this year.
“When I announced a permanent 50% fare reduction for young adults in Budget 2022, I really wanted to make public transport more attractive for young people, so that using public transport could become a habit of a lifetime,” said Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan.
“I also wanted to go some way to supporting young people, by making day-to-day life a little bit more affordable.
“This fare cut is unprecedented and quite radical. But I believe strongly that it’s the way we need to go if we are serious about putting low-carbon transport at the heart of our efforts to build a sustainable future and if we want to bring people, and particularly young people, with us on that journey.”