I am delighted that retired people have free travel. There is no suggestion that such passes are the primary cause of the problems that exist in our public transport system. Perhaps we should look at removing the subsidy that exists for such transport services and let users pay full cost including covering the fuel costs, wage costs, replacement, maintenance, new purchases, and infrastructure costs. Currently these are paid for by the taxpayer, including many tax payers who have no great access to public transport. The bulk of the public services are Dublin based --LUAS, DART, Dublin Bus and, effectively, ARROW.
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