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    Irish Times: An Taisce calls for transport body By Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, Mon, Jan 02, 06 An Taisce has called on the Government to establish a
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      Irish Times: An Taisce calls for transport body
      By Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, Mon, Jan 02, 06
      An Taisce has called on the Government to establish a national transport
      authority (NTA) with a remit covering the greater Dublin area and also all
      of the growth centres designated as "gateways" or "hubs" by the National
      Spatial Strategy.
      In its submission on a proposal by Minister for Transport Martin Cullen to
      set up a Dublin transport authority, the trust said a much wider body would
      be required "to maintain and enhance quality of life, connectivity and
      international economic competitiveness".
      According to An Taisce, "an effective national transport authority is needed
      to reverse the irreparable damage which will occur if current trends
      continue in road accident fatalities, loss of social cohesion and
      environmentally-damaging urban sprawl".
      It noted that a number of the gateways and most of the hubs still have no
      effective land use and transport strategies in place. "Even where strategies
      have been drafted or adopted, they are not being implemented," the
      submission said. It said an NTA should be given a specific legislative remit
      for inter-agency policy integration; land use and transport planning for all
      of the gateways, hubs and regions; transport infrastructure delivery and
      integrated transport management.
      "The success of the NTA will be measured by its effectiveness in intervening
      to address cases where local authority development plans, rezonings and
      local area plans breach EU and national strategic land use and transport
      policies and regional planning guidelines."
      An Taisce said the authority should also co-ordinate measures to reduce air
      pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well as promoting public
      transport, cycling and car pooling, management of school transport and
      integrated ticketing for all modes of public transport.
      Other functions would include congestion charging to curb car commuting on
      the M50 and inter-regional roads, measures to "curtail toll evasion on M1,
      M4 and M50 and other tolled roads currently under construction".
      It is understood Mr Cullen's proposed transport authority would have no land
      use functions and would merely serve as an agency overseeing the delivery of
      major infrastructure projects.



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