A Brief History

Transdev is Europe’s largest private passenger transport company. Transdev was selected to operate Luas on behalf of the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), the government agency responsible for the LUAS.

July ’97:A Public Inquiry is held as a mandatory requirement of the Transport (Dublin Light Rail) Act, 1996.
May ’98:The Irish Government gives the green light to the Light Rail Transit system project.
October ’00:Construction of the first Luas line starts.
December ’00:The tender to find an operator for the Luas system is published.
December ’01:Establishment of the Railway Procurement Agency (now Transport Infrastructure Ireland), acting as a stand alone, commercial semi-state organisation.
February ’02:The Minister of Public Entreprise announces that Connex Transport Ireland is the preferred bidder for the Luas operator franchise.
May ’02:Connex Transport Ireland is selected to operate the Luas system.
June ’04:The first line (Green Line) opens on June 20th 2004.
September ’04:The second line (Red Line) opens on September 28th 2004.
April ’06:Connex Transport Ireland Ltd changes its name to Veolia Transport Ireland.
November ’06:Luas carried its 50 millionth passenger.
October ’08:RPA (now TII) extend the Veolia Transport Ireland contract to operate Luas and its future extensions to September 2014.
December ’09:RPA (now TII) open the Luas Docklands extension on December 8th.
October ’10:RPA (now TII) open the Luas Cherrywood extension on October 16th.
March ’11:Veolia Transport merges with Transdev and becomes known as Veolia Transdev.
July ’11:RPA (now TII) open the Luas Citywest extensionon July 2nd.
May ’13:Veolia Transdev Ireland changes name to Transdev.
September ’14:New Luas Operating Contract Awarded to Transdev.
December ’17:TII open the Luas Broombridge extension December 9th.
June ’19:Transdev won contract to Operate and Maintain Luas by TII and NTA 2019 – 2025.
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