The RPA have been given the responsibility to design and implement a smart card based ticketing system that will provide the ticketing platform for the different providers of public transport - so that's Luas, both Dublin Bus and Bus Ã‰ireann, DART (and eventually DART Underground) plus Metro North.
The project was launched in 2002.. so where is it?
ALMOST â‚¬19m of taxpayers' money has been spent since 2002 on an integrated 'smartcard' ticketing system that will not be fully available to commuters in Dublin until next year at the earliest.
The project to allow commuters use the same ticket or smartcard for bus, rail, and Luas was launched in 2002 but still has not come into use.
Transport minister Noel Dempsey admitted the high cost of the project in response to a DÃ¡il question from Fine Gael's Transport spokesman Fergus O'Dowd last week.
"Some â‚¬18.6m has been paid out by the exchequer on the integrated ticketing project since the inception of the project in 2002. This expenditure encompasses project management, design and development costs and operator contributions for the single smartcard," the minister said.
Dempsey said that the system was being introduced on a phased basis in the greater Dublin area.
"How it has taken the government 10 years to roll this out is a mystery. It is obvious that the transport companies have been running rings around successive Fianna FÃ¡il transport ministers."
In February 2008, Dempsey told the DÃ¡il that â‚¬12.5m had been spent on the system since 2002.
The figure has risen by over â‚¬6m since then and this is compounded by the fact that the project had an original estimated cost of just â‚¬12m.
The mish-mash that is inner city Dublin transport will be fixed in part by the Interconnector, but imo this smartcard is equally important.