“There are normal bus services that come down here from the northside and there’s another going down to the southside, but they take too long.
Dr O’Connor said the benefits of a reliable public transport service in Cork would be felt far and wide.
“If we had proper public transport, there wouldn’t be half the cars on the road and you would also have a wider area in terms of accommodation,” he explained.
“People could live in Ballincollig, on the northside or further south, and just hop on a bus and get to CIT.
“There wouldn’t have to be such a concentration in terms of accommodation if there was timely, reliable public transport options in place,” he added.
“A proper public transport system would also have a positive effect on the general housing crisis.
“I know the buses might not be full all of the time but if you could facilitate people living all across the city to be able to get into CIT, UCC, the College of Commerce, then it’s worth it.
“It means people do not have to live right beside their place of study or work meaning they are more likely to find accommodation.
“It also widens our reach here from CIT even further.” He added that CIT has attempted to get the City Bikes scheme extended as far as the campus.