LUAS GREEN LINE EXTENSION A MAJOR BOOST FOR DUBLIN
The extended section of the Green Line which runs from St Stephen’s Green in the city centre to Broombridge on Dublin’s northside, becomes fully operational at 2pm today.
Up to this point, the Luas Green Line has brought passengers from Brides Glen as far as St Stephen’s Green, but from today, there will be services to 13 new stops north of St Stephen’s Green, including eight in the city centre area.
This means that for the first time since Luas operations commenced in Dublin in 2004, the Red and Green lines will connect, making passenger interchange between the two lines possible. With the new link-up in the O’Connell Street area, and by hopping on and off there, people can now travel north, south , east and west, on the Luas.
The new section also opens up the Green Line further by linking it to Iarnród Éireann inter-city and commuter rail services at Broombridge station.
The new line also serves the new DIT facility at Grangegorman which in the coming years will have over 10,000 students on campus. Communities in Dublin’s North Inner City, particularly in the Dominic St area will also stand to benefit significantly from the fast reliable light rail service that Luas will deliver.
This extended line will increase by several million, the number of Luas journeys taken every year. It will also encourage more people to leave their cars behind, easing congestion and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Construction commenced in June 2013 and has been completed on schedule.
Minister Shane Ross said: “This is an historic day for Dublin. Over the past four years this project has developed side by side with the people who work, live and visit this city. Luas Cross City will help create a truly integrated public transport system in Dublin for the first time where a vast range of new journeys are now possible and that will also will facilitate interchange between Luas Bus, Rail and Taxi. I would like to extend my thanks to all those who have been involved in contributing to Luas Cross City, for your hard work and cooperation and for making it possible for this project to come in on time and within budget. I trust this latest addition to our public transport will encourage people to get of their cars and join in the battle to ease city centre congestion and contribute to tackling our climate change challenge.”
Operating Hours vary by stop but are approximately Monday to Friday 05:30 - 00:30, Saturday 06:30 - 00:30 and Sunday & Bank Holiday 07:00 - 23:30. Find Operating Times for each Luas platform at luas.ie/operating-hours
Frequency varies by stop but Luas trams run approximately every 3-5 minutes at peak times and every 10-20 minutes at off-peak times. Find Frequency for each Luas platform at luas.ie/frequency. Real Time Passenger Information is available online, at the stops or on free Luas Apps available from iTunes and Google Play stores.
You must hold a valid ticket to travel on Luas. Children 0-4yrs inclusive travel free. Ticket machines are located at every stop. Leap Card, available to purchase online and in Payzone outlets, can be used on all Luas services. The National Transport Authority have introduced a new Luas Leap Card Off Peak City Centre fare available from the opening of the extension for 1 year. This fare costs €1 for an Adult or Student and 50c for a Child and applies to travel during Leap Off Peak Hours within the following area; Parnell in the North, St. Stephen's Green in the South, Jervis in the West and Busáras / Connolly / George's Dock in the East. Find out more about Luas tickets including the Best Fare for you at luas.ie/ticket-types.
Luas Park & Ride facilities are available on the Green Line (Carrickmines, Sandyford, Stillorgan and Balally) and on the Red Line (Cheeverstown, Red Cow and Tallaght). Find out more about Luas parking at luas.ie/car-parking.
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