TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT
TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT
Throughout my career as a public representative I have been a very vocal proponent of truly integrated landuse and transport planning in order that the way that we use and travel throughout the space around us is efficient, dynamic and customer focused.
In addition to being a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Transport , Culture & the Gaeltacht for the 31st Dáil and in addition to chairing & being involved with various transport committees on Kildare County Council throughout my years as a Councillor I have campaigned on the need to plan land use and transport infrastructure in tandem in order that need is matched with delivery.
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Specific issues with which I have been involved are: commuter & public tranport policy (including campaigning for integrated ticketing, improved train & bus services for commuting zones around Dublin, the doubling of the Maynooth Rail-line, improved parking facilities for commuters around rail stations, increased efficiency in public transport provision); taxi regulation policy; road tolling policy (particularly in connection with the M50); improved roads network provision in the interest in broadening commercial opportunities and safety conditions.
Below is an example of how I have approached transport policy formulation in the past.
Member of the Dublin Transportation Office 1994-1998
The DTO was set up to implement the Dublin Transportation Initiative, and while only part of County Kildare was included in the original study, its remit was broadened to include transport planning for all of County Kildare. The DTO administers European and National funding for it’s catchment area.
I am a former vice-chairperson of the Consultative Panel and was one of two members of that panel selected to sit on the Dublin Taxi Forum where my remit was to represent consumer interests.
Dublin Transportation Office
Surveying Public Transport Requirements
In 1987 I co-ordinated a survey on the public transport requirements of Leixlip residents in conjunction with CIE and on behalf of the Combined Residents Association. Some 1700 households were surveyed and the results were published on 1st May 1987 and some ten major improvements were identified in the course of the study. These included:
the doubling of the Maynooth Rail Line from Clonsilla to Maynooth
a bus service for the Captains Hill, Leixlip (66A)
a bus service for the Celbridge Road, Leixlip (66B)
City Speed services
All of these improvements have since been introduced.