Hop on: Massive surge in people using Waterford bus service as it breaks through the 1 million passenger mark
Waterford’s city bus service saw a huge increase in passenger numbers in 2019 which saw it break through the one million passenger mark for the first time ever.
The 260,000 increase in passengers on the local service was revealed in the preliminary full-year report of the National Transport Authority just published.
The report shows an remarkable increase of 30% on services in Waterford City from 840,000 in 2018 to 1.1m last year.
Nationally the report reveals that 24 million more journeys were taken on sustainable, public transport in 2019 compared to 2019, a jump of more than 9% in 12 months.
In total 290 million passenger journeys were provided by ‘Transport for Ireland’ services in 2019.
Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority said:
“2019 was another year of strong growth for public transport in Ireland. The figures are a testament to the range and quality of services provided by our public transport operators.
“There is no doubt that when there is a reliable, high quality, value-for-money public transport offering that customers will respond positively to it.
“But people are also looking to the future of the planet, and they know that by choosing to use public transport, they are behaving in a way that will reduce emissions, improve air quality and protect their local environment.
“None of us can rest on our laurels, and the priority now must be to deliver on those improvements in our public transport infrastructure that are provided for under the Climate Action Plan and Project Ireland 2040.”