Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey TD has announced that 2007 was a record year for passenger numbers on the Luas Red and Green lines operated by Veolia and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA).
In 2007, nearly 29 million passengers used the Luas service. This reflects an increase of nearly 3 million passengers on the 2006 passenger figures and 7 million on the 2005 passenger figures.
In order to facilitate this passenger growth in 2007, the RPA introduced 13 longer trams on both the Red and Green lines - extending them from 30 meters to 40 meters.
All remaining 30 metre trams will be extended to 40 metres in 2008 to allow further passenger growth and to provide greater comfort and accessibility for passengers.