Thursday, June 28, 2012

National Journey Planner will make public transport a lot easier


Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has  urged commuters across Co. Meath to check out the National Transport Authority’s new Journey Planner, which allows you to plan door-to-door journeys on public transport to and from any location across the country. 

“I’m delighted this service has gone live; it is the sort of system that is the norm in lots of other countries and it’s great to see the National Transport Authority taking the initiative to get it up and running here. It’s an extremely useful service, and I hope it will encourage more and more people to opt for public transport. 

“The Journey Planner is really easy to use. Simply log on to www.TransportforIreland.ie and enter the details of your journey; where you are and where you want to go to. You will be then be given a full route plan of the best public transport options, including any walking needed to get to the bus stop or the train station. 

“The system covers all 26 counties and all operators; bus, rail, taxis, ferries and private operators. That means it includes 9,600 bus stops, 750 different routes, 152 train stations, and information from 120 different transport providers.  Printed timetables are also available.

“The new site will be a great resource for regular commuters and people who just use public transport for time to time. As well as the website, there is an App available for Android phones, with an iPhone App coming very soon. 
  
“The National Transport Authority has plans to expand the service even further to include fare information, Real Time Passenger Information inputs and a cycle planner. The NTA is keen to get feedback for local people so they can fine-tune the service further. So why not log on to www.TransportforIreland.ie and check it out.” 

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