The National Transport Authority has announced that it will continue its journey to be JAM Card Friendly on all public transport.
Passengers with a learning disability, autism, or any other communication barrier can simply show the driver their JAM Card to convey that they might need a little more time and understanding. 13,500 JAM Cards have been given out to public transport users in the Republic of Ireland to date and the NTA’s aim in supporting the JAM Card is to continue in its efforts to make public transportation safe and accessible for all passengers. Transport for Ireland bus, rail and tram operators have been trained to recognise the JAM Card, ensuring that Ireland is on the journey to becoming fully JAM Card-friendly.
JAM Cards are available as a physical card or a smartphone app for ease of access. They are used by over 80,000 people in the UK and Ireland, on public transport as well as in shops, restaurants, and other public spaces.
Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority, said:
“We are proud to continue our partnership with NOW Group.
“We understand that using public transportation can be overwhelming at times, and the JAM Card has been a great success by making it easier and more comfortable for everyone to get around.
“We hope that using the JAM Card will help passengers to feel more confident now that they are back using public transport.”
Maeve Monaghan, CEO of NOW Group, said “When the National Transport Authority joined the JAM Card scheme in 2019 we recognised it as an important step towards making public transport welcoming and inclusive for all. Their ongoing commitment to accessible transport is especially welcome at this time as people start to get used to being out and about again.”
Ciarán Delaney, NOW Group Ambassador said “When I first came across the JAM card back in 2018, I could not believe how simple the concept was and how easy it was to use in Northern Ireland. Thanks to the willingness of the NOW Group management team, in trusting me to use my network of contacts, I am proud to be responsible for bringing it to the Republic of Ireland and to be part of its continuing growth across the island and further afield. Rail and Bus staff have been effusive as to how it helps them with their interaction with customers and JAM card users feeding back have mentioned how less stressed they feel travelling on public transport services”