Our current transportation system isn’t working. In Galway, we are spending more and more of our time stuck in traffic, waiting on unreliable buses, or cycling dangerous routes. This affects our quality of life, giving everyone less time with their family and friends. Galway is a city with a medieval core of small winding streets. Continuing to rely on cars for so much of our transport as the city’s population grows just won’t work and we know it.
Over the summer Bus Éireann trialled a reduced leap card bus fare and the results were self-evident with increased users. It shows people will use public transport if it’s reliable and affordable.
We need to see a modal shift where through proper planning and investment more and more people use public transportation, cycling and walking. School transport is especially important. From a planning perspective, we must end the urban sprawl of Galway as it continues to expand outward and build up our city centre instead. If we make tough decisions on transport and housing, we can give our children a much better Galway.