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Latest update 11 April 2017
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11 April 2017
The National Transport Authority held a market awareness day on 5 April ahead of a planned call for tenders for the new contract to operate and maintain the Luas light rail lines when the existing five-year contract held by Transdev ends in the fourth quarter of 2019. The next contract is to extend for six years with an option for up to a further five years. The contract has an estimated value of €45m/year subject to any plans to expand the system during the period of the new contract. The contract will cover operation of the 43km network with its 73 Citadis light rail vehicles and anticipated 42m passenger journeys by 2018.
The Cross City line from St Stephen's Green to Broombridge which is expected to open in December 2017 will take the Luas network to 43 km, with three depots and 73 Alstom Citadis light rail vehicles. A total of 34.2 million passengers were carried in 2016, and ridership is estimated at 42 million passenger-journeys in 2018. Transdev and its predecessor Veolia Transport has held the contract since 2002, prior to the first lines opening. The latest set of publicly available accounts for Transdev Dublin Light Rail show it generated revenue of €30m in 2015 and made a €521,000 loss.
With the completion of the main construction works for Luas Cross City in the city centre, heritage features removed during construction works are being reinstated. These include Trinity College's granite footpath, the Lady Grattan Fountain at St Stephen's Green and Rotunda hospital railings. The Molly Malone statue was removed from its Lower Grafton Street site in 2014 and, following repairs, was installed in nearby Suffolk Street but the city council has yet to determine its final location. The Thomas Moore statue, placed in College Green in 1857, has been refurbished and is to be put back near its original location, as will other less important artefacts.
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