The Authority is responsible for the procurement of public transport services in Ireland. It has entered into a series of contracts with public transport operators, both State-owned and private companies, for the provision of bus, tram and rail services
In general, the public transport contracts are for the provision of public transport services that are deemed socially necessary but are not commercially viable, and funding is provided by the Government for these services. Such services are often referred to as Public Service Obligation or “PSO” services.
The contracts set strict standards of operational performance and customer service, and allow for the Authority to impose payment deductions where performance does not meet contractual standards, or incentive payments where performance exceeds standards.
There are two types of public transport services contracts. They are:
- Direct Award Contracts
- Competitively Tendered Contracts
Direct Award Contracts
This type of public transport services contract is awarded without a competitive tendering process.
The Authority has Direct Award Contracts with the following transport operators:
- Dublin Bus, for Dublin metropolitan area bus services
- Bus Éireann, for city, town and regional bus services outside Dublin
- Iarnród Éireann, for national rail services
You can find more specific information on each of the direct award contracts in the menu under this section.
Competitively tendered bus contracts
This type of contract is awarded following a competitive tendering process.
The Authority has competitively tendered contracts for the following bus services:
|Outer Dublin Metropolitan services||Routes 175, 45/a/b, 75/a, 63/a, 59, 111, 184, 185, 33A, 33B, 102, 17A, 114, 161, 238, 239, 270, 104, 22/a, 236/a, 17/d, 18, 76 and 76a||Go-Ahead Ireland Limited|
|Dublin Commuter (Kildare Corridor)||Routes 120, 120C, 125, 126 and 130||Go-Ahead Ireland Limited|
|Swords – Ashbourne||Route 197||Go-Ahead Ireland Limited|
|Waterford City||Routes W1, W2, W3, W4 & W5||Bus Éireann|
|Naas – Blanchardstown||Route 139||JJ Kavanagh & Sons Ltd|
|Kilkenny City||Routes KK1 / KK2||City Direct Bus Ltd|
|Cavan – Longford||Route 975||Andrew Wharton Coach Hire Ltd|
|Portlaoise – Cashel||Route 828||M&A Coaches Limited|
|Kilkenny – Dublin||Route 817||Bernard Kavanagh & Sons Limited|
You can find more detailed information on each of the competitively tendered contracts in the menu under this section.
The responsibilities and activities of the National Transport Authority in relation to the provision of public transport services are set out in two pieces of legislation: