DUBLIN, Ireland - As part of the re-organization of the network under the Bus Connects project, the National Transport Authority has stressed that it is committed to introducing cashless bus operations in Dublin.
However, taking a cautionary tone, the NTA said that cashless public transport in the capital is still at least two years away.
About a year back, the Minister for Transport Shane Ross announced plans to re-organise the bus network.
Further, the announcement included plans to invest 1 billion euros into the scheme over ten years.
The scheme involves redrawing bus routes, creating enhanced bus corridors and introducing cashless fare payments across the network.
On Tuesday, speaking at an event marking the sale of the 3 millionth Leap card, NTA chief executive Anne Graham said that it will be around two years before cashless operations start to be introduced on Dublin Bus.
Graham explained that existing machines will have to be updated to be able to process credit cards and mobile phone technology as well as Leap cards.