The National Transport Authority is a statutory body established by the Minister for Transport on 1 December 2009. The legislation establishing the Authority is available online.
At a national level, the National Transport Authority has responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger land transport services. This includes the provision of subvented bus and rail services by Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Irish Rail. The Authority also licences public bus passenger services. On January 1, 2011, the National Transport Authority assumed responsibility for the regulation of the small public service vehicle sector (i.e. taxis, hackneys and limousines). Provisions to enable this were included in the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009. The staff and functions of the previous body, the Commission for Taxi Regulation, have been incorporated into the Authority, which now regulates the small public service vehicles sector, in accordance with the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act (2003).
The Authority also has responsibility for the development of an integrated transport system within the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) – Counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.
The principal functions of the Authority with respect to the GDA are:
• Strategic planning of transport;
• Development of an integrated, accessible public transport network;
• Promoting cycling and walking;
• Provision of public transport infrastructure generally including light rail, metro and heavy rail;
• Effective management of traffic and transport demand
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