Rural Transport Programme

The mission statement of the Rural Transport Programme is ‘to provide a quality nationwide community based public transport system in rural Ireland which responds to local needs’.

Seventeen Transport Co-ordination Units (brand name Local Link), manage the delivery of rural transport services nationally on behalf of the Authority.

Key features of the Rural Transport Programme include:

  • Completing 1.9 million passenger journeys per annum with 0.9 million of those journeys provided for Free Travel Passengers. These figures include 0.2 million passengers who required assistance.
  • Providing an average of 150,000 service trips annually.
  • Travelling over 11.8 million kilometres annually.
  • Over 400 Private Operators provide the services involving up to 900 drivers.
  • As well as providing regular public transport services and Demand Responsive services, the Programme also funds the provision of ‘Once Off’ trips for individuals and community/voluntary groups to help address rural social exclusion.
  • 62% of service trips are defined as either fully or partially accessible.

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Details of Local Link Services are also available via the National Journey Planner.


Rural Transport Programme: Growth in Passenger Journeys:


Year Passenger Journeys (millions) Percentage change on previous year
2015 1.76 No change
2016 1.79 +1.7
2017 1.89 +5.6