Integrated transport smart card coming to Dublin ‘in weeks’

17 Nov 2011

A new integrated ticket – the Leap Card – modelled on the London Oyster Card that lets commuters travel across all buses and rail services in Dublin – is due within weeks, Transport Minister Alan Kelly, TD, has confirmed.

The National Transport Authority is calling for 500 customers (aged 16+) to assist in the final testing of the new integrated transport ticketing system – the Leap Card – for the Greater Dublin Area.

From today, customers will begin to see the rollout of Leap Card labels on machines and in Payzone shops across the city, with the final phase of customer testing to commence prior to launch.

The call to action for testers is part of a phased programme that will see Leap Card introduced within weeks, with 500 early adopters sought from the general public receiving a free €20 topped-up card. From tomorrow, those interested can log onto the website to participate in this testing phase.

Easy-to-use smart card for greater Dublin area

“The new Leap Card will be easy to use and will be a real help for people to travel around the city by Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Commuter Rail services,” Kelly said.

“We encourage people to sign up for this final testing stage as goodwill ambassadors, and once we get feedback from users, the card will be introduced for wider public usage within a matter of weeks. It is one of my top priorities as minister.”

The chief executive of the National Transport Authority Gerry Murphy said that people who currently use annual and monthly tickets can be assured that their cards will continue to work as normal, alongside the new Leap Card, well into 2012.

“Once the Leap Card is launched to the public, we will be working on enhancing the product further, bringing different operators and products into the scheme,” Murphy said.