28 August, 2009 - Minister for Lifelong Learning, Seán Haughey TD, announces that children who are eligible for school transport can be facilitated on the LUAS.
Minister for Lifelong Learning, Seán Haughey TD today announced that, from 31 August this year, following consultations between Bus Éireann, which operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education and Science and officials of the Railway Procurement Agency, schoolchildren who are eligible for school transport under the terms of the School Transport Scheme can, following the approval of an application for transport to their local Bus Éireann School Transport Office, be facilitated with a school transport ticket to use the LUAS Public Transport System.
135,000 children ( 75,000 post –primary and 60,000 primary) are transported safely each day to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country
This includes in the region of 8,000 children with special needs
It also includes 9,000 children who are issued with tickets by Bus Éireann for travel on public service buses and rail services including DART services
Eligible primary school children availing of public transport services including DART are issued with a ticket to travel free on the service
Announcing the new development Minister Haughey said
'I am pleased to be in a position to announce this very positive step to allow schoolchildren who are in a position to avail of the LUAS to travel to school.
'I know that this will be of enormous benefit not only to the children who use the service but also to their parents.’