It was inevitable, once the government decided to cut the public transport state subventions, and the various operators’ cost saving proposals were utterly vanquished by obdurate trade unions, that the consumer would pay the price.
And hey presto, next week Dublin Bus passengers will face fare increases of up to 25%. A journey that cost €2.80 will now set you back an exorbitant €3.05.
In just two years Dublin Bus fares have increased by a staggering 40%, with the National Transport Authority consistently rubber-stamping requests for hikes. And this occurring during a period of unprecedented austerity, when Irish consumers are under severe financial pressure…
Dublin Bus attributes the fare increase to falling passenger numbers. What genius figured raising prices would reverse this situation?