Dublin Bus pre-paid pricing to rise again

Dublin Bus is set to hike up its adult pre-paid fares after increasing the same fares only eight months ago.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) said on bank holiday Monday that it is approving adult fare increases up to 5.1% which will come into affect this Sunday, May 1.

“Passenger numbers on Dublin Bus have fallen in the first quarter of 2011, by approximately 5%. The company therefore was obliged to revisit its prepaid fares rather than risk reducing services to customers, as the state subvention monies are reduced this year and fuel costs continue to rise,” the NTA said on its website.

Pre-paid ticket prices were already increased last September, at the time the NTA said its permission was not required to increase such discounted pre-paid fares, but it added that Dublin Bus notified them in advance and “we had no objection.”

The price hikes next week range from €0.20 for a 1-Day Adult Ramble ticket to €50 for a combined annual bus and Luas ticket. Cash fares also went up in February.

The authority said child and schoolchild tickets will not be affected.

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