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RTP Contact Information

Contact: Pobal Enquiries


Telephone: 01 511 7000




Please note: In April 2012, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport assigned responsibility for managing the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) to the National Transport Authority  in line with the Programme for Government commitment of 25 February 2011.
The Rural Transport Programme (RTP) was officially launched in 2006 following a pilot action research initiative (i.e. the Rural Transport Initiative 2002 – 2006). The RTP was initiated as a response to the growing acknowledgement of the economic and social impacts of inadequate transport in rural areas and the increasing level of interest amongst community and local development groups in developing and implementing locally based solutions.
Mission Statement

The programme mission statement is ‘to provide a quality nationwide community based public transport system in rural Ireland which responds to local needs’.
Programme Aims & Objectives

 • To provide, enhance and sustain a nationwide community-based public transport system in rural areas.

• To maximise existing transport assets and to utilise new technology where necessary in the co-ordination and development of transport.

• To act as a catalyst in providing models of partnership at all levels where key sectors actively engage in transport provision.

• To ensure equality of access for all, including older people as well as people with mobility, sensory and cognitive impairments.

• To maintain, promote and develop models of good practice.

• To continue to contribute to rural public transport policy.

RTP Facts

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

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

• The Programme is delivered nationally through 35 community based groups, all of which are either not-for profit companies limited by guarantee or co-operatives. For the contact details of the 35 RTP groups, please click on this link RTP Groups.

• 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.

• The number of passenger journeys has been on the increase since the RTP was initiated and in 2010 the Programme reached over 1.4 million passenger journeys;

• 76% of all journeys are delivered on a door-to-door basis, collecting people from their homes and assisting them to their destination (2010 figure).

• Journeys tend to be local in nature, with an average distance of about 15 miles.

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

• 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.

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