The National Transport Authority is responsible for public transport investment in the Greater Dublin Area. In addition, the National Transport Authority also administers two grant programmes on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, being the Regional Cities Public Transport Programme and the Accessibility Programme.
In 2012 expenditure under these programmes was:
- Greater Dublin Area (GDA) Investment Programme €130.9 million;
- Regional Cities Investment Programme €12.2 million; and
- Accessibility Programme €1.8 million.
GDA Investment Programme
The overall GDA Investment Programme is subdivided into four sub-programmes. These are:
- Heavy Rail Sub-programme
- Light Rail Sub-programme;
- Bus/BRT Sub-programme; and
- Integration, Sustainable Transport Measures & Support Sub-programme.
The Heavy Rail investment programme comprises funding to Irish Rail in relation to various rail projects. In 2012, the investment was €32.2 million. Details of the various heavy rail projects underway can be viewed on their website at www.irishrail.ie.
The Light Rail Sub-programme provides funding to the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) for the development of Luas projects. Funding of €27.4 million was provided by the National Transport Authority to the RPA in 2012. Details of the various light rail projects under the remit of the RPA can be viewed on their website at www.rpa.ie.
In 2012, the investment in the Bus/BRT programme was €26.7 million which included the purchase of 80 buses for Dublin Bus.
The “Integration, Sustainable Transport Measures & Support Sub-programme” facilitates investment in the various cycling/walking, bus, safety and traffic management projects throughout the region. A total of €38.79 million was invested in 219 projects during 2012 and a report on that investment programme is available under the link below.
The National Transport Authority has published a number of guidance documents to assist in the management of its capital programme. These are:
- Guidelines for the Management of Public Transport Investment Projects delivered by Conventional Procurement
- Guidelines for the Management of Public Transport Investment Projects delivered by Public Private Partnerships
- Project Management Guidelines for Projects funded by the National Transport Authority (up to €20 million in value)
- Cost Management Guidelines for Public Transport Investment Projects
Regional Cities and Accessibility Programme
The National Transport Authority administers, on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Department’s funding of accessibility projects and sustainable transport investment in the Regional Cities of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
In 2012 €12.2 million was invested in the four regional cities, as detailed in the report below.
The accessibility programme operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and administered on its behalf by the National Transport Authority, focuses on implementing the Department’s “Sectoral Plan for Accessible Transport under the Disability Act 2005”. Total funding of €1.8 million was provided in 2012 under the accessibility programme. The programme for 2012 included works at rail stations and bus accessibility initiatives, to improve accessibility to the mobility impaired. Work continued to support the introduction of more wheelchair accessible taxis.