The Dublin Transport Authority (Údarás Iompair Bhaile Átha Cliath) is a fully-fledged transport authority for Dublin that has been announced by the Irish Government. Primary legislation to set up the Authority, the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008, was enacted in July 2008. A commencement date for the legislation has yet to be officially announced, although media reports have suggested a target date of January 2009.
The DTA will be a body corporate consisting of the City Manager of Dublin City Council, the Chief Executive, a member of the senior management team, and a chairman and six other members appointed by the Minister for Transport. The Authority will have charge of public transport services in the Greater Dublin Area which is given a definition in Irish law for the first time under the Act. The counties covered by the area will be the City of Dublin, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, South Dublin, Fingal, County Wicklow. County Kildare, and County Meath. An advisory council, consisting of local government officials and councillors, representatives of An Garda Siochana, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and business and community interests, will also be established.
The DTA will subsume the activities of the current Dublin Transportation Office.
The DTA will have charge of most public transport services within Greater Dublin. Unlike authorities such as Transport for London and RATP however, it will not normally operate services itself (although there is provision for it to do so in certain circumstances). Instead it will arrange for the provision of services via contracts with existing public and private transport operators, including Coras Iompair Éireann and the Railway Procurement Agency as well as private operators. Although the RPA was originally intended to, like the DTO, be subsumed into the DTA, a lobbying campaign by the agency led to it retaining its separate status. The CIE companies (Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann) will retain their existing services however they will now subject to direction from the DTA in however they operate within Greater Dublin.
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