Originally Posted by Mark Gleeson
To be honest we need to pull in the commuting situation if you choose to live 20, 30, 40 miles out you will get a fairly basic service.
Speaking as somebody who spent 13 years commuting 70 miles from Edgeworthstown, this is an odd attitude to be coming from a rail advocate. The reality is that long-distance commuting is the only available option for an enormous number of people living in places like Longford, Athlone and Portlaoise and these people are going to drive if there is no train available.
I've been lucky enough to mostly work from home for the last couple of years but most people commuting to Dublin from around me drive already because the train times have deteriorated so badly over the last few years.
Nobody living in Longford expects half-hourly service but there is a major need to restore evening journey times to what they were 15 years ago and to provide a later service down in the evening (or at least allow passes to be used on the later buses).