SITT Rural Transport Seirbhís Iompair Tuaithe Teo
Donegal is a county unique in its geographical isolation – To the east a border with Northern Ireland, to the North, North West and South West a border with the Atlantic, and to the South a shared border with County Leitrim.
There is no train service or linkage to Donegal, and an extremely limited access from the rest of the Republic through Ballyshannon over the river Erne.
SITT commenced in 2002 with 3 operators and 5 routes in south west Donegal as a project of South West Donegal Communities Partnership LTD. under the Rural Transport Initiative. The remit was initially to provide a transport service which met the needs of rural living with a major focus on combating Social Exclusion.
“Seirbhís Iompair Tuaithe Teo has been established to provide an integrated accessible service to areas with identified transport needs thus improving the quality of community life in Donegal”
- Voluntary Board of Management
- Employ 19 staff
- Company head office – Killybegs
- Limited by guarantee, not for profit company with charitable status
- Annual turnover 2014 – €2.53m
- SITT operate best practice and good governance, are compliant with company law and with all financial reporting requirements as required by the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
In 2009, SITT entered into an MOU with HSE PCCC for the delivery of all day services transport throughout the county. This included Day Hospitals, Day Centre’s, Resource Centre’s and Training Centre’s etc. This has netted substantial savings for the HSE while gaining an effective and efficient transport where client’s needs are met by a fully trained up-skilled transport provision. This was followed in late 2011 by an agreement (MoU) with LGH for the provision of a coordinated managed transport provision for clients accessing Renal Dialysis. 2012 saw the introduction of the National Integrated Transport Strategy, NIRT. This government directive was led out at a high level which the then Junior Minister for Transport, Alan Kelly chaired the initial meetings.
2013 SITT submitted a business plan to the NTA for the Management of a “Transport Coordination Unit – TCU” for the county and were successful. This TCU is to be a “one stop shop” for transport provision within County Donegal.
SITT now coordinate and manage:
- 45 Private Operators and 120 Drivers
- Over 700 weekly return routes and services
- 320,000 annual passenger journeys
Grant Agreement – National Transport Authority (NTA)
MoU – HSE PCCC Donegal, Day Services, Older People, Mental Health, ID
MoU – HSE LGH, Renal Dialysis Patient Transport.
SITT is managed by a board of Directors and board members from the Community and Voluntary Sector.
Board of Directors and Members:
James Mc Brearty, Joseph Harley, Anne Walsh, Kathleen Mc Brearty, John Mc Brearty, Mary Coughlan, Michael Lyons, Tony Breslin, Michael Mullen, Shauna Mc Clenaghan, Noreen Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, 3 representative from the Public Participation Network (TBC)
Company Manager: Fiona O Shea
Operations Manager: Fidelma Doherty
Company Administrator: Claire Campbell
Dispatchers: Colette Lyons, Angela O’Halloran
Transport in Donegal
Scheduled Routes – This is where a route is agreed with the NTA. There is a definite start and end to the route with agreed stops throughout. A fare has to be agreed and the number of services in a day/week/month/year has to be provided. The actual bus type, size etc. has to be provided to the NTA and any changes has to be submitted. There are a number of actual scheduled service types:
Fixed – set timetable, set bus stops, set fare and set schedule/frequency. Free Travel Pass accepted. Passengers do not have to pre book on the service. Examples: Bus Eireann, Private Operators and a number of Rural Transport services.
Semi flexible – set timetable, set bus stops, set fare, set schedule/frequency but can deviate off the route to collect passengers or change a section of the route to accommodate passengers. Free Travel Pass accepted. Passengers do not have to pre book other than the door to door element. Examples: Rural Transport & Private Operators.
Demand responsive – passengers must pre book a seat on a service and the route is determined by the number of passengers and their location. Free Travel Pass is accepted. This is usually a once a week service Examples: Rural Transport & Private Operators.
Closed – A specific pre-booked transport service with a pre-determined passenger list that is not available for Hail and Ride passengers/general public, has a set fare but Free Travel Pass not accepted. Examples: HSE restricted transport & School transport.
Public Transport Connections
Connell J. Haughey
Contact us if you want to know more or have a transport need in the rural area.