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National Transport Authority, IRELAND
Dublin's Leap Project Update June 2013

The budget assigned to the ITS project of € 55.4 million is considered adequate to complete the remaining tasks. Expenditure of € 53.5 million has been incurred on ITS phase 1 and 2 project specific activities to date.

Expenditure has commenced on phase 3 of the project which will include a range of new initiatives including introducing the Leap card scheme in Cork initially and then if funding is available the rest of Ireland.


Leap card sales and usage performance continued to grow with sales of well over 10,000 in May bringing the total cards in circulation to over 270,000. The ITS dedicated call centre and back office continue to perform well, no significant incidents were reported and the overall operations of the scheme remain stable and reliable.

The Authority ran a marketing campaign on local radio and print media with some free sites being provided by Transport operators. The impact will be analysed when the campaign is completed, it is too early to assess the extent of the impact at this point while the campaign is still running.

New developments

Products on Leapcards

Time based and journey based products will be phased in across all Scheme participants over the summer and early autumn months:

  • Payzone in-store equipment & have been upgraded to support product sales on Leap cards;
  • Bus Éireann (National Bus carrier) launched on two services in May;
  • Dublin Bus, Luas, Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and Matthews (a small private bus operator) continue testing new software to enable equipment to read products.

The pilot of the Autoload feature has been further expanded to approximately 500 users and continues to perform well.


Daily and weekly capping will be introduced on Irish Rail will be launched in June. This was planned for May but had to be delayed following difficulties Irish Rail experienced with a software upgrade of their vending machines to facilitate new € 5 notes and other upgrade work; however their upgrade is now completed. Dublin Bus plan to implement capping in August and the Authority intends launching city wide capping features in Q4 2013 to cover Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Luas (Dublin's light rail).

Additional Private Bus Operators

  • Swords Express programme for roll out is progressing to 6 vehicles this month with a full roll out planned for July;
  • A programme for the implementation on other private operators will follow Swords Express; the Authority is in discussions with Collins Coaches and Citylink. Aircoach have still not responded formally to request to join the scheme although informal discussions continue;
  • A further 6 private operators have been contacted inviting them to join the scheme.

The Authority joint programme for integration with the free travel (FT) variant of the Public Services Card (PSC) with the Department of Social Protection is progressing well. A monthly steering group has been established with DSP and NTA representatives to ensure a smooth implementation.

Phase 3 activities

NTA is working with Cap Gemini and the Norwegian authorities in the development of a Proof \Of Concept to support transparent NFC where NFC enabled phones will be able to:

  • Stage 1 - read the card content through a back office process and return it to the phone;
  • Stage 2 - add previously purchased on-line top-ups or products to cards using an NFC App; and
  • Stage 3 - add value to the card using transparent NFC "instantly", i.e. not through an action list.

NTA hope to have something to demonstrate before the end of 2013.

NTA is also developing a range of other activities to enhance the Leap offering including:

  • Linking Leap with the City bike scheme;
  • Using Leap for other services, e.g. parking, events etc;
  • Rolling out Leap to other regional cities;
  • Seeking out opportunities for cross border interoperability with Northern Ireland.

There is little work on these other phase 3 activities as yet, but plans are being put in place for later in 2013 as resources become available.

Open Ticketing Institute, the Netherlands

In March 2013, the Open Ticketing Institute (OTI) has joined the Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum as a Non-Profit member. In April 2013 OTI was elected secretary to the Transport Special Interest Group. The NFC Forum (formed in 2004 with over 170 members) was formed to advance the use of NFC technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology and fits therefore perfectly to the NFC activities of OTI. For additional information, please visit

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