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 2011 expenditure under these programmes was:
- Greater Dublin Area (GDA) Investment Programme €211 million;
- Regional Cities Investment Programme €10.6 million; and
- Accessibility Programme €10 million.
GDA Investment Programme
The overall GDA Investment Programme is subdivided into four sub-programmes. These are:
- Heavy Rail Sub-programme
- Light Rail/Metro 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. A total of €98.1 million was invested in this programme in 2011. Details of the various heavy rail projects underway can be accessed at the Irish Rail’s website.
The Light Rail/Metro Sub-programme provides funding to the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) for the development of Luas and metro projects. Funding of €21.6 million was provided by the National Transport Authority to the RPA in 2011. Details of the various light rail projects under the remit of the RPA can be accessed at their website at www.rpa.ie
Under the Bus/BRT Sub-programme, the National Transport Authority provided funding to Bus Eireann for the purchase of sixty buses during 2011. In addition, a bus refurbishment programme for older buses was initiated with Dublin Bus along with various other bus investment projects. A total of €24 million was invested in this sub-programme in 2011.
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 €51.6 million was invested in 199 projects during 2011 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 project s and sustainable transport investment in the Regional Cities of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
During 2011, a total of €10.6 million was invested in approximately forty projects across the four cities. A report on that investment programme is available under the link below.
The accessibility programme operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Department, 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”. The programme for 2011 included works to bus stops and rail stations, in order to make them accessible to the mobility impaired, as well as the introduction of a grant scheme to support the introduction of more wheelchair accessible taxis. Total funding of €10 million was provided in 2011.