RTP by County (Mayo-Wicklow)

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Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow.



Mayo North East Leader

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company manages the County Mayo Rural Transport Programme in partnership with South West Mayo Development Company, MFG Comhar Iorrais Teo, MFG Comhlacht Forbartha Aitiuil Acla and Mayo CDB. Set up in 2003, Mayo Rural Transport Programme aims to ensure that the most vulnerable in rural society are provided with effective access to services, social activities and employment opportunities.  Public transport services have successfully been developed on 59 scheduled routes throughout Co Mayo, with over 50,000 passenger journeys annually. All services are contracted to private and community transport providers. Rural Transport services in Mayo are funded by the Department of Transport, Department of Social Protection, Department of Community Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs and the HSE.

Contact Details: Grainne Gallagher Tel 094 9256745
Email: mayoruraltransport@eircom.net



Meath Accessible Transport Project Ltd (Flexie Bus)

Flexibus – Meath Accessible Transport Project, is the Community Transport group operating in the Meath area. We are a limited company, run by a voluntary board. The company is funded under the National Development Plan through the Rural Transport Program. The R.T.P. is the response by the government to the shortfall in available public transport in rural areas. There are 36 such groups in Ireland, with Flexibus being the group that operates in Meath. There are 22 scheduled regular public services. These services are timetabled services open to any member of the public and can accept Free Travel Pass. They include daily commuter trips, weekly shopping, health and pension services, twice monthly shopping services and monthly health services. There are 27 scheduled Dial-a-Ride services A Dial-a-Ride service is a public service, which makes available a vehicle for transport if a passenger or group has a transport need that cannot be catered for elsewhere. The Dial-a-Ride service operates on bookings only.

Contact Details: Miriam McKenna Tel 046 9074830
Email: meathtransport@eircom.net
Website: www.meathtransport.com



Baltibus – Co Monaghan Rural Transport

BaltiBus (Bawn and Latton Transport Initiative) is the voluntary organisation responsible for coordinating the Rural Transport Programme in Co. Monaghan. Born in 2003, based in rural mid Monaghan and operating as a sub committee of Latton Social Services and Development Ltd, the programme currently provides 42 weekly services throughout the county. The Board of BaltiBus has representation from Monaghan County Council, Monaghan VEC, MonaghanIntegrated Development, Monaghan IFA, Monaghan County Childcare, Monaghan Community Forum and Monaghan Community Network. There are 42 weekly services into Clones, Cootehill, Monaghan, Ballybay, Shercock, Castleblaney and Carrickmacross. 50% of our services are provided on fully accessible vehicles. Services are door to door, demand responsive and flexible with pre booking allowing route planning on a weekly basis.

Contact Details: Padraic Smyth Tel: 042 9742916


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

Offaly Rural Transport Project

The West Offaly Rural Project was set up in 2003, following the establishment of a working group and the receipt of funding. The aim of the project is to make transport available and accessible to all, reduce isolation while creating and strengthening links with essential services. It also looks at increasing access to social and leisure opportunities for all, particularly youth groups. Currently Offaly RTP runs 18 regular services, along with one off services for youth groups, eldercare groups etc.

Contact Details: Sarah Kennedy Tel 057 9151622
Email: skennedy@offalyldc.ie



Ardcarne-Kilmore Roscommon Rural Transport Ltd

Roscommon Rural Transport (RRT) has been responsible for delivery of the Rural Transport Programme in Co. Roscommon for the past ten years, since the programme started, and has a huge level of experience in delivering RURAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

Our mission is to promote social inclusion and enhance the quality of life within rural communities, by working in partnership with community groups and relevant agencies, to provide flexible and cost-effective rural transport routes, which will facilitate access to services, social networks and community events, for those who are most isolated and excluded within our communities.

  •  RRT operate the Free Travel Pass Scheme which is vital for our older passengers.
  • RRT made approx 50,000 passenger journeys in 2012.
  • RRT operate 28 services on 20 routes throughout the county, services are demand responsive, door to door, delivered by local sub-contracted transport providers.
  • All RRT drivers and providers are local and trained to a very high level.
  • RRT is funded by the Dept of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Dept. of Social Protection through Pobal.
  • RRT has a number of integrated services we expect an increase of integration of services during 2012.

The company board is community based and a number of community organisations are represented on the board; GAA, IFA, ICA, Feroige also Rosc. Dev. Co. and Rosc. Rural Transport Forum are also represented on company board.

Contact Details: Dick Hinchy Tel: 071 9623518
Email: artbus@eircom.net.


Community Of Lougharrow Social Project (CLASP)

Clasp covers rural transport requirements in the isolated and rural areas of the Lough Arrow region of County Sligo.Clasp was the first community car based scheme, set up in 2003.Currently it has 15 voluntary cars and 3 mini-bus’s, thereby providing a vital service to this rural community.

Contact Details: Liam Dennedy Tel 071 9165708
Email: clasptransport@eircom.net 

Sligo Rural Transport Programme

Sligo RTP provides flexibly routed services offering a combination of minibus services, community car and hackney services, which are wheelchair accessible. The Rural Transport Programme is managed by Sligo LEADER Partnership Company on behalf of Pobal, Department of Transport and Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Passengers are picked up and dropped off at their homes and can also meet the minibus at points along the route. An evening service brings passengers to the pub, social and recreational events, religious services, shopping, cinema and allows visits for to friends in hospital and nursing homes. Sligo RTP is currently involved in a new project along with different bodies called the Smarter Travel Sligo Leitrim. The scope of this project is to address the need for synergies between all transport providers; Bus Eireann, RTP and HSE in Sligo / Leitrim.

Contact Details: Camilla Smyth Tel 071 9141138
Email: csmyth@sligoleader.com



North Tipperary Leader Partnership

Passengers, bus operators, volunteers and board members of the North Tipperary Rural Transport Programme of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP) came together on Wednesday 20th of October 2010 to mark National Rural Transport Day. North Tipperary LEADER Partnership is the local manager of the Rural Transport Programme in North Tipperary. Initially the service primarily concentrated on the rural hinterland of Borrisokane and the uplands area of Kilcommon/Upperchurch. The service is now covering over 38 routes within North Tipperary and has broken the 3,000 passenger journeys per month figure for the first time. The North Tipperary Rural Transport Programme also marked the completion of Rural Transport Network Strategic Plan with the help of  the Chair of our Rural Transport Subcommittee, Paddy Barry and  NTLP Chairman Cllr John Carroll. The board of management would like to wish all our passengers, operators and in particular our two Co-ordinators Joan Ryan and Louise Duddy continued success.  In particular, the support of volunteers on the companies’ Rural Transport Committee for their support on local needs identification, has been a key feature of the North Tipperary programme since its inception and deserves recognition.

Contact Details: Sean Crowley Tel: 067 56676
Email: scrowley@ntlp.ie



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



Deise Link

Deise Link operates within the administration of Waterford County Council and is located in the Civic Offices Dungarvan. Our operational area consists of all of County Waterford. Déise Link operates door to door transport services in rural areas that best meets the community’s needs. The services allow passengers access a range of services including medical appointments and essentialshopping. They also provide an essential social link for rural residents and are free to passengers holding the Department of Social Protections Free Travel or Companion Passes. Currently Deise Link operates 21 weekly services, along with services for Day Care Centres, Youth Clubs & Independent Living in the Dungarvan area.

Contact Details: James O’Donoghue Tel: 058 20845
Email: jodonoghue@waterfordcoco.ie



Westmeath Rural Community Transport Association Ltd (SWRTA)

Westmeath Rural Community Transport was set up in July, 2002 and is now managed by a voluntary Board of 15 Directors drawn from the local community. The first services commenced in February 2003  with 9 weekly routes and, as of 2009, this figure has now progressed to 33 weekly scheduled services carrying almost 51,000 passengers.  The services are used for various reasons i.e. shopping, health, recreation, social, business and educational purposes.   Westmeath Rural Community Transport works closely with local agencies, organisations and local private operators.   It encourages integration by identifying local transport needs through forward planning and scheduling services to provide for all sectors of the community. The majority of the services provided are integrated by the “collect and connect” option, linking villages and towns and linking into feeder services i.e. Bus Eireann, Iarnroid Eireann and other private transport providers.

Contact Details: Noel McCormack Tel 090 6448670
Email: swrta1@eircom.net



The Rural Bus RTP (SWW CDP)

The Rural Bus, formerly West Coast Wexford RTP, is in existence since 2002 when South West Wexford Community Development Project became one of the first RTP’s in the country.  In the first year of operation we were providing six semi flexible weekly services. The Rural Bus @ SWW CDP is coordinated by Mary B O’Leary and managed by the Board of Management of South West Wexford Community Development Project.The Rural Bus provides services to Waterford, New Ross, Enniscorthy and Wexford. There is a daily service available to Waterford aimed in particular at third level students but also suitable for secondary school pupils or those working or attending any of the training centres in the city.  In addition to the services to towns we also provide services to our local villages during the day and evenings.

Contact Details: Mary B O’Leary Tel: 051 389679/051 389418
Email: info@theruralbus.ie
Website: www.theruralbus.ie

The Rural Roadrunner

Wexford Local Development RTP, also known as the Rural Roadrunner operates 20 routes throughout the county providing an average of 4,000 passenger journeys per month mainly for the elderly. The service includes passenger assistance for those who need it and all buses have or are in the process of providing wheelchair access. The service operates 6 days per week, Monday to Saturday. It mainly provides scheduled trips to and from urban areas enabling people to do their weekly shopping and travel to and from a number of day care centres.

Contact Details: Angela Hogan Tel: 053 9155826
Email: ahogan@wld.ie



Co Wicklow Community Partnership

Wicklow Rural Transport (WRT) is a strong dynamic project, which has grown from small beginnings to its current position as a major provider of vital transport, in the rural isolated areas of Co. Wicklow. WRT currently operates 30 community services around the county 26 of these operate once a week with the remainder operating 3 times per day, five days weekly. All services are designed to connect to other service providers e.g. private operators, Bus-Eireann and Iarnroid Eireann. Other services provided are for the active retirement groups to go on outings to places and buildings they had only heard of and as some of them said had only dreamed of seeing.  The total passengerjourneys recorded in 2009 was over 52,000. WRT also provides services to allow the over 65s access computer courses.

Contact Details: Breda Whelan Tel: 0402 20955
Email: wrti@eircom.net