RTP Programme

The Rural Transport Programme (RTP) is designed to provide a quality nationwide community based public transport system in rural Ireland which responds to local needs. It is funded by the Department of Transport under the National Development Plan 2007-2013. This programme is managed by Pobal on behalf of the Department.

The transport provided in the RTP is quite different to conventional public transport.

The key objectives of the Rural Transport Programme(RTP) are to

  • Meet unmet needs in a flexible and dynamic way
  • Provide equality of access for all
  • Maximise current transport assets & use technology to co-ordinate transport.
  • Provide models of partnership at all levels where key sectors actively engage in transport provision.
  • Develop models of good practice.
  • Influence rural transport policy

The following are some of the unique features of the Programme:

1.The Programme is delivered nationally through 36 community based groups, all of which are either not-for profit companies limited by guarantee or co-operatives.

2.There is a bottom up approach to service development i.e. the RTP works with local communities to plan and deliver flexible transport services that meet the needs of the community, including those who experience social exclusion.

3. 75% (2008) of all journeys are delivered on a door-to-door basis, collecting people from their homes and assisting them to their destination.

4. All journeys tend to be local in nature, with an average distance of about 15 miles.

5. RTP services are open to everyone and people with a Free Travel Pass may travel free of charge.

6. The needs and welfare of passengers are central to service delivery.This might involve helping older people with their shopping, assisting mobility impaired passengers to access vehicles, or even calling on the homes of people who may have missed their routine trips due to illness.

7.A range of transport models have been developed within the Programme utilising a variety of transport modes.