RTP by County (Carlow-Louth)

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Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork,Donegal ,Dublin , Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny,Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth


CARLOW

Ring-A-Link

Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary Rural Transport Ltd, trading as Ring a Link, was established in August 2001 and is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. It is a ‘not for profit’, voluntary organisation providing demand responsive transport (DRT) services for passengers living in rural areas across county Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary.  The mission of the company is “to ensure adequate transport for all rural residents across County Kilkenny, Carlow and South Tipperary”.  Ring a Link is the largest in territorial area of the RTP companies, in that its operations cover three county council areas totaling 5,228km2. Since its inception, there has been a passenger increase of 20-25% each year which demonstrates a steady and well planned provision of transport services within the 3 county area. Among its achievements Ring a Link has been involved in two EU Flexible Transport Projects and the Sunrise project. Currently Ring a Link is involved with the FLIPPER project that is developing a new health transport service providing transport to patients in the Slieveardagh area of South Tipperary transport to Clonmel Hospital and Cashel Hospital. In 2009 Ring a Link was awarded a National Rural Award by the Irish Rural Link in recognition of “ an outstanding contribution to community development in rural Ireland”.

Contact Details: Jackie Meally Tel 056 7715915
Email: ringalink@eircom.net
Website: www.ringalink.ie



CAVAN

CART – Cavan Area Rural Transport

CART formally South West Cavan Rural Transport Initiative (SWCRTI) opened its office in The Réaltóg Centre, Kilnaleck in March 2003. The project’s original aim was to provide passenger transport services for local people who had a difficulty in accessing essential facilities and services due to the lack or absence of either public or private transport. CART operates as a project under the auspices of Kilnaleck & District Community Co‐op (KDCC) and is also a registered business name of KDCC. CART (Cavan Area Rural Transport) is a rural transport project serving County Cavan. Our minibuses travel along a specified route which is flexible and can collect passengers at their home if they are unable to make it to the main road. Free Travel Passes are accepted on all our services.

Contact Details: Damien O Neill Tel: 049 4374851
Email: damien@ruraltransport.net
Website:www.ruraltransport.net

 


CLARE

Clare Accessible Transport

Clare Accessible Transport (C.A.T.) use transport as a means of addressing social inclusion and rural isolation.  The company ethos is promoting equality of access and sustaining rural communities.  Services are developed around the needs of those that are rurally isolated and prioritised for people based on the level of their mobility. The key to C.A.T.’s strategy and success is integration, co-ordination and consultation.  This approach results in significant value for the community and the state.  Services are operated by 8 low floor fully accessible minibuses owned by C.A.T.  These vehicles are purpose-built to allow all-ability access and were the first of their kind to be piloted in rural Ireland. The C.A.T. model is about promoting community bus services where everyone travels on the same vehicle rather than having specialist services, an older persons’ bus or the disabled persons’ service for example.

Contact Details: Laura Ward Tel: 061 924311
Email: lward@catconnects.ie
Website: www.catconnects.ie

 


CORK

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership is the Integrated Leader Partnership Company for the Mallow, Fermoy and Blarney areas of North County Cork. The area has a population of over 75,000 people. The company delivers 5 programmes, one of which is the Rural Transport Programme. The company provides door to door public transport services in response to local need. 75% of our services are wheelchair accessible.

Contact Details: Damien Tobin Tel: 025 33411
Email: damien@avondhublackwater.com
Website:www.avondhublackwater.com  

Comharchumann Chleire Teo

Cape Clear Island is eight miles off the coast of West Cork. Bus Cléire is the public transport provider of daily bus services on Cape Clear which include linkage with all the incoming ferry services, school runs, medical and on demand service. Our neighbouring Island of Sherkin also enjoy the same services as of those on Cape provided by Sherkin Bus under the management of Comharchumann Chléire Teo. Our service commenced in 2002 when we had 5,400 passenger journeys which has increased to over 23,000 in 2009.

Contact Details: Jim O Neill  Tel: 028 39119
Email: capeclearrti@eircom.net

 


DART – IRD Duhallow Ltd

IRD Duhallow is an integrated Rural Development Company established in 1989. It covers North West Cork and South East Kerry.  Duhallow is largely a rural area with four main market towns. There are thirty three communities and twenty nine villages in the region. Since 2003 IRD Duhallow’s transport project known locally as DART (Duhallow Area Rural Transport) has provided an invaluable service to the people living in Duhalllow to access basic amenities such as health clinics, pension, shopping and education. DART provides transport that is affordable and accessible and its key feature is the door to door collection, and both scheduled and demand responsive services. To date, DART has sixty one services operating throughout the region and has an average more than 4,500 passengers each month.  In 2009 a milestone was reached with over 59,000 passengers carried by DART.  DART provides an extensive transport service to local national and secondary schools in the region.  Over 15,000 students used the DART Service last year for Swimming lessons, Educational and Social outings.

Contact Details: Yvonne Brosnan Tel 029 60648
Email: duhallow@eircom.net
Website:www.irdduhallow.com



Rural Bus

Our company, County Limerick and North Cork Transport Group Ltd (Trading as Rural Bus) is one of 36 Rural Transport Programmes projects funded by the Department of Transport under the National Development Plan and administered by Pobal (Formerly known as Area Development Management)We are a “not for profit” Company set up for the express purpose of providing transport to rural areas and communities within the counties of Limerick and North Cork.

Contact Details: Anne Gaughan Tel 069 78040
Email: anne@ruralbus.com
Website:www.ruralbus.com

 


South And East Cork Area Development (SECAD)

The SECAD Rural Transport Programme began in July 2008 following approval by Pobal of the SECAD Strategic Plan for development of the Rural Transport Programme in the South & East Cork area.  The primary focus the SECAD Rural Transport Programme is to develop and coordinate an affordable and accessible community based transport system; which meets the needs of people living in South and East Cork and providing rural based public transport services.  SECAD currently deliver fifteen rural transport services across south and east Cork that are semi flexible and door to door. The frequency of these services is based on passenger need and can run once weekly, once fortnightly and once monthly as required.

Contact Details: Ross Curley Tel: 021 4613432
Email: rcurley@secad.ie
Website:www.secad.ie



West Cork Rural Transport

West Cork Rural Transport is a Company limited by guarantee and has 16 Board Members. It currently has 55 different routes providing over 70 services weekly throughout West Cork, serving more than 30 towns and villages. West Cork Rural Transport has been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001-2008 Quality Markin recognition of its implementation of a quality Management System. They are an approved RSA Driver CPC training Centre and also provide Mini Bus Driving Lessons along with delivering MiDAS Driver Training also. Any revenue generated from training is redirected back to providing Rural Transport Services A further exciting new initiative is also presently being rolled out. A Development Officer has been appointed with specific responsibility to establish a panel of Volunteer Drivers who would be willing to give of their time and drive the Mini Buses on a voluntary basis in their own Communities at evening or weekend time. This is seen as an effective way of utilising the resources during ‘down time’ and also means that individuals and Communities alike will benefit from the availability of the vehicles at these times. The Company delivers its services through a combination of using its own vehicles and the contracting of private providers.

Contact Details: David O Brien Tel: 027 52727
Email: david@ruraltransport.ie
Website: www.ruraltransport.ie



DONEGAL

Inishowen Development Partnership Ltd

Inishowen Rural Transport, since commencing operations in November 2008 has made a significant contribution to the development of public transport in rural areas mainly by providing non-conventional, semi-scheduled or fully on demand responsive services to rural residents. Transportation needs are identified through local knowledge and consultation within communities and services are delivered based on the specific needs of each local area. Transport is a vital link in rural areas such as Inishowen and when it comes to access to healthcare it is even of greater importance. Like many other countries, major hospitals in Ireland are situated in the main cities and for rural dwellers, travel to and from these centres can sometimes be difficult as public transport is not always available and times may not suit.

Contact Details: Cormac Skinnader Tel: 074 9322293
Email: cormac@inishowen.ie
Website:www.inishowen.ie/transport.htm



MFG Teo

The availability of the Rural Transport Programme provided by MFG Teo in North West Donegal enable users an opportunity to access vital resources in their community such as shops, pension facilities and health amenities – all in keeping with the “say no to ageism” campaign.  The services provided have resulted in the carriage of passengers who are predominantly older persons previously unable to use their free travel passes due to the absence of rural transport in their area.  Areas serviced include An Galetacht Lar, Carrigart, Dungloe, Fanad, Aranmore Island and Toraigh.

Contact Details: Fidelma Ni Dhochartaigh Tel:074 9532017
Email: rtp@mfg.ie
Website: www.mfg.ie

 


Seirbhis Iompair Tuaithe Teoranta (SITT)

SITT is a local rural transport scheme serving South Donegal.

The Community Bus Service runs daily giving a much needed service to people in rural areas who would otherwise have no access to public transport. We currently operate over twelve services in Donegal. We also undertake charter services in response to local demand

Contact Details: Fiona O Shea Tel 074 9741644
Email: sitt@eircom.net
Website:www.sitt.ie

 


DUBLIN

North Fingal Rural Transport Company Ltd

North Fingal Rural Transport Ltd better known as Nifti is a voluntary group working to improve the quality of rural living through the provision of a community bus services connecting the towns of Garristown, Oldtown, Naul, Ballyboughal  and Rolestown. Nifti has gone from strength to strength since its establishment in 2003 growing its fleet from two initial transit buses with a total capacity of 30 to a fleet of five vehicles with seating capacity of one hundred and two. Services are provided to the HSE and groups such as St. Michael’s House, Remember Us etc.

Weekly house pickups are provided for bingo and shopping while a demand responsive service is available to the Nursing Homes in the area. Commuter services are provided Monday to Friday. These routes provide linage to Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, Swords Express and Urbus. They serve not only the commuting worker but provide access for all the community to visit neighboring villages and towns for shopping or recreational purposes during the day. In school terms Nifti provides  services into the second level schools in three adjacent towns for over 100 students. In the summer period the fleet provides services to Fingal’s Regional Parks and amenities.

Contact Details: n/a  Tel: 01 807 8855
Email: northfingal@eircom.net
Website: www.nifti.ie



GALWAY

Bealach

BEALACH is a rural transport initiative catering for the needs of people living in rural areas of Galway Gaeltacht and the Islands, that are affected by lack of adequate transport in their area. BEALACH is a partnership operating under the guidelines established by POBAL; we also receive assistance and funding from other sources i.e Údarás na Gaeltachta, VEC, HSE and Galway County Council. We deal with private operators and community groups of the rural areas. We have scheduled service runs with 16 different operators covering most rural areas, with further potential routes being created. Our goal is to provide adequate transport in relation to the rural population’s needs for necessary transport.

Contact Details: Maggie Flaherty Tel: 095 32802
Email: admin@bealach.ie
Website: www.bealach.ie

 


Galway Rural Development Co Ltd

North East Galway Rural Transport Programme is funded through the Department of Transport for the provision of transport services in the NE Galway Area. Our purpose is to provide transport services to people suffering from lack of social inclusion in areas that are outside the normal transport services provided by other national providers i.e. Bus Eireann. Our aim is to provide a link to existing services in line with practical demand where possible.
Geographically we cover Rural Communities from Headford in the West to Williamstown/Ballymoe in the North to Ballygar in the East, covering all areas in between. We currently carry up to 1,000 passengers per month on our 10 routes and have plans in place to commence a further 3 routes by January 2011. The service is offered predominantly in rural areas and operates as a Door to Door service with busses fitted with accessibility features as required.

Contact Details: Joe Greally  Tel: 091 844335
Email: joe.greally@grd.ie
Website:www.grd.ie 

South East Galway Integrated Rural Development Ltd

South East Galway Integrated Rural Development Ltd. (SE Galway IRD) operates the Rural Transport Programme in South & East Galway.  SE Galway IRD is a community-owned, non-for-profit company.  It was formed in 1997 with a purpose “to promote, support and engage in local development initiatives for the benefit of South East Galway.” The South & East Galway rural transport service known as “The Local Bus” has 23 services operational. Of these services, 17 are door-to-door and 6 are direct. These services operate on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Recently, a new weekday service from Portumna to Loughrea return was launched. SE Galway IRD use local bus operators to provide the services. The main objective is “to provide a quality community based public transport system in its area, which responds to local needs.”

Contact Details: Bernie Coughlan Tel: 090 9741867
Email: irdsegalway@eircom.net

 


KERRY

Kerry Community Transport Ltd

Kerry Community Transport Ltd (KCT) provides community transport services throughout Kerry. Our services, which are community led, are set up to link individuals living in rural communities with local services and facilities. All KCT services operate semi flexible routes to a timetable and can deviate up to 2 miles to collect customers at their own doors. Services are provided by local private bus operators. KCT also operates a countywide call centre taking passenger bookings for services and liaising with private operators. KCT responds to unresolved transport needs through working with communities & organisations to design, develop and deliver community routes and services. KCT currently has over 120 services operating in the county and has seen phenomenal growth with passenger trips increasing from 34,018 in 2003 to 145,970 for 2012 and in the period 2003 to 2012 carried 992,964 passenger trips. While the development and delivery of unresolved transport needs through scheduled routes around the County is the core business of KCT, KCT has also worked in partnership with agencies such as HSE, Dept of Social Protection, Community Hospitals and Day Care Centres, KDYS Youth Services, Community Childcare Facilities, Active Retired Networks.

In December 2011 KCT initiated the setting up of Kerry Integrated Transport Forum (KFIT) which it continues to manage. KFIT works to promote greater integration of existing transport provision and resources for County Kerry. The membership is made up of from Bus Eireann, HSE, Irish Wheelchair Association, Kerry County Council, Kerry County Development Board, Community & Enterprise Department KCC, North & East Kerry Development Ltd & South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd.

Contact Details: Carmel Walsh Tel: 066 7147002 or 087 2276341 
Email: carmel@kerrytransport.ie
Website:www.kerrytransport.ie

 


KILDARE

Offaly And Kildare Community Transport Ltd

OK Transport is a community focused company whose aim is to provide safe, affordable, convenient and scheduled means of transport to all members of our catchment area. Our motto is Available, Accessible, Affordable, and Acceptable. The Mission Statement is “OK Community Transport will continue to develop, promote, and provide quality, accessible and affordable community based transport services.” The key target groups are older people, young people, people with disabilities, commuters, &  community groups. The company’s Strategic Aims are to research, develop and promote quality rural transport services in North Offaly & Northwest Kildare based on community need, to promote better transport co-ordination at national, county and regional level and to create ongoing awareness and understanding of a range of services provided by Offaly & Kildare Community Transport Ltd.

Contact Details: Alan Kerry Tel: 045 528124
Email: okbus@oktransport.com
Website: www.oktransport.com

South Kildare Community Transport Ltd

South Kildare Community Transport Ltd (SKCT) was set up in 2003 to provide accessible rural transport in the South Kildare area. The key objective is to provide a flexible and accessible rural transport service to the community. The service was developed with a particular emphasis placed on those in the community who find it difficult to access suitable and affordable transport for whatever reason. The Company is not for profit and is a registered Charity. The vision of the Board is that the Rural Transport Services will integrate and link into the national road and rail network, currently being provided by the mainstream transport services – Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Bus. There are currently three scheduled services operating in the area. The Company also operates the “Southlink” service which is more flexible and can respond to specific demands. The service is available to all clubs, groups and voluntary organisations and is wheelchair accessible to smaller groups.

Contact Details: John Dowling. Tel: 045 871916
Email: info@skct.ie
Website:www.skct.ie

 



KILKENNY

Ring-A-Link

Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary Rural Transport Ltd, trading as Ring a Link, was established in August 2001 and is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. It is a ‘not for profit’, voluntary organisation providing demand responsive transport (DRT) services for passengers living in rural areas across county Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary.  The mission of the company is “to ensure adequate transport for all rural residents across County Kilkenny, Carlow and South Tipperary”.  Ring a Link is the largest in territorial area of the RTP companies, in that its operations cover three county council areas totaling 5,228km2. Since its inception, there has been a passenger increase of 20-25% each year which demonstrates a steady and well planned provision of transport services within the 3 county area. Among its achievements Ring a Link has been involved in two EU Flexible Transport Projects and the Sunrise project. Currently Ring a Link is involved with the FLIPPER project that is developing a new health transport service providing transport to patients in the Slieveardagh area of South Tipperary transport to Clonmel Hospital and Cashel Hospital. In 2009 Ring a Link was awarded a National Rural Award by the Irish Rural Link in recognition of “ an outstanding contribution to community development in rural Ireland”.

Contact Details: Jackie Meally Tel 056 7715915
Email: ringalink@eircom.net
Website: www.ringalink.ie

 


LAOIS

Laois Transport For Rural Integration Programme Ltd

Laois TRIP was initiated through the Rural Regeneration Partnership as a partnership project between the community, voluntary and statutory sectors. Laois TRIP launched its first service in 2003 in the Slieve Bloom area in the west of Laois.  The basic aim of the project is to enhance rural regeneration through the provision of public transport for people in rural areas to enable them to participate fully in all aspects of community life from collecting pensions to educational opportunities. Under the RTP it now operates scheduled ‘collect and connect’ services for people in rural communities throughout County Laois based on local needs.  The majority of services provided are sub-contracted to private transport providers, bookings are taken over the phone, new routes are developed in consultation with the community and continuous reports are completed for the ongoing evaluation of the company. Laois TRIP also operate evening services using a community owned, fully accessible bus. Laois TRIP is a county wide Rural Transport Project, based in Portlaoise, with the capacity to cover all of County Laois.

Contact Details: Brian Bonham Tel: 057 8692168
Email: brian@laoistrip.ie



LEITRIM

Rural Lift Ltd

Leitrim Development Company has taken responsibility for the Rural Transport Programme in County Leitrim since July 2010. There are 47 Scheduled Bus services throughout the County offering various Demand Responsive services to different groups of people.  An average of 3,000 passenger trips per month take place with over 80% of these passengers being Free Travel Pass holders. Services are based on community needs and delivered by private operators who have the local knowledge and understanding of what is required.

Contact Details: Gerry McGourty Tel 071 9643933
Email: rurallift@ldco.ie

 


LIMERICK

Rural Bus

Our company, County Limerick and North Cork Transport Group Ltd (Trading as Rural Bus) is one of 36 Rural Transport Programmes projects funded by the Department of Transport under the National Development Plan and administered by Pobal (Formerly known as Area Development Management)We are a “not for profit” Company set up for the express purpose of providing transport to rural areas and communities within the counties of Limerick and North Cork.

Contact Details: Anne Gaughan Tel 069 78040
Email: anne@ruralbus.com
Website:www.ruralbus.com

 


LONGFORD

Longford Community Resources Ltd

The County Longford Rural Transport Programme is managed by Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL), which is the integrated local development company in County Longford. A Steering Committee takes responsibility for the day to day operation of the Project, supported by 2 Working/Advisory Groups (one each in North & South Longford).The Rural Transport commenced as an Initiative in North Longford with 6 Services in March 2003, this increased to 10 services in 2005. Following a study undertaken in South Longford in 2006, funding was secured and a further 7 services were launched in October 2007, to create the all-county programme. At the end of 2010, with 22 services in place, the total passenger journeys were 21,773, a long way from the 5,342 passenger journeys recorded at the end of 2003.As one of the 36 Rural Transport Programme projects, funded by the Department of Transport under the National Development Plan, the aim of this project to assist in combating social exclusion by designing community-led rural transport services which will meet the needs of the target groups and help reduce rural isolation throughout County Longford. The majority of services provided are sub-contracted to private transport providers and all services are “door to door” and include “link” services with Bus Eireann and Private Operators. The group also integrates services with the HSE, Disability organizations, VEC, community services, Older Persons and Youth Groups. Due to geographical boundaries, some services cover parts of County Cavan and Westmeath, which compliments and supports the RTP groups in those regions, which is the general objective of the National Programme.

To See Photographs from Longford  RTP click here

Contact Details: Seamus Lee. Tel: 043 3345555
Email: slee@lcrl.ie
Website:www.lcrl.ie



LOUTH

Louth Leader Partnership- Louthlinx

LouthLinx is a community based rural transport programme whose aim is to provide affordable, accessible and flexible transport to people in rural areas which will tie in where possible with existing public and private service providers. The Louthlinx Rural Transport programme commenced in August 2008. The programme was officially launched by Mr Dermot Ahern T.D. in March 2009. Louthlinx currently have twenty one services operating throughout the County which link up with other public and private transport services within the county. Total passenger journeys on our services so far this year are in excess of 15000.

Contact Details: Kevin Traynor Tel 041: 6856804
Email: ruraltransport@louthleader.com
Website: www.louthlinx.com