Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, was in Limerick today (Monday) with CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham; and the Regional Manager of Bus Éireann, Miriam Flynn, to launch the Leap Card in Limerick.

Bus Éireann commuters in Limerick can now use the Leap Card to 'pay-as-they-go' using the Card's travel credit facility, which allows them to benefit from the cheaper fares amounting to 20% off the cash price of their journey. In addition, customers can pre-load the 24 hour Adult Pass for the Red Zone onto their Leap Card.

Leap Cards can be bought and topped-up in a range of local shops and newsagents, who display the Leap Card sign. The www.leapcard.ie website also provides information and customer support about the card and the benefits for users.

The Leap Card is already available on public transport services in the Greater Dublin Area, as well as Bus Éireann's services in Cork city and county and in Galway city. It is planned to extend the Leap Card scheme to Waterford in mid-2015.

Next month, the National Transport Authority will be making further Red Zone products available on Leap, including 7 day and monthly tickets, TaxSaver tickets (both monthly and annual) and child and student tickets (7 day and monthly).

Minister Donohoe said: 'As a user of the Leap Card myself, I know first-hand the benefits that accrue from having one. Not only do users profit from cheaper fares but it also saves the hassle of having to find the right change in advance of a journey. The roll-out today of Leap in Limerick, follows on from the successful roll-out in Cork, on the bus and train, some time ago. In Dublin, being able to use the Leap Card on the DART and Iarnród Éireann Commuter Services in the Greater Dublin Area and also on the Luas, Dublin Bus and some private operators has served to encourage people to use public transport in greater numbers. I have no doubt that that too will be the case in Limerick in the months and years ahead'.

Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority said: 'We are delighted to launch the Leap Card here in Limerick today. Having access to such significant travel savings is great news for everyone, not to mention the convenience of the card, and not having to find the correct amount of change as you board the bus'.

Miriam Flynn, Regional Manager, South-West Bus Éireann said: 'Following on from the success with Leap Card services in Greater Dublin Area, Cork and Galway, this is excellent news for Limerick commuters'.

“The introduction of Leap Card here will facilitate quicker payment of bus fares, and customers will have the option to purchase a single ticket at a 20% reduction. They can also take advantage of weekly and monthly Leap products. We're also looking forward to the introduction of both Child and Student Leap Cards on our Limerick services, which will be very beneficial to a wide range of commuters.”

Leap Cards are available to buy and top-up in the following retailers:

Bus Éireann Travel, Colbert Station
Centra O'Connell St, 117 O'Connell St.
Roxboro Stores, Roxboro Road
Supervalu Corbally, Grove Island, Corbally
Centra Raheen, Raheen Roundabout
Daybreak Castletroy, Ballycummin SC
Roxboro Stores, Roxboro Road
Centra Ennis Road, Ennis Road
Gala Kilmallock, Sheares Street
Moloneys Daybreak, Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale
Spar Ballycummin, Dublin Road
Supervalu Castletroy, Dublin Road
Topaz SS Castletroy, Dublin Road