“The promise of fancy light rail systems will ring loud and clear, both pre and during a general election campaign.”
But he stressed to his audience the need for honesty among politicians and policymakers.
“The prospect of a light rail system appearing in Cork any time over the next 50-plus years has as much of a chance of happening as does Elvis reappearing at a venue near you.”
He also defended the city’s reliance on buses as a mode of public transport, saying they were the future of land transport for Cork.
However, he wasn’t opposed to a heavy rail system.
“The prospect of rail stations at Blackpool, Monard, Blarney, Dunkettle, Carrigtwohill, Water Rock are possible, the rail footprint already exists.”
Mr O’Leary went on to say that the NBRU will lobby politicians to look into a bus rapid transit system for Cork to connect East to West, from Ballincollig to Mahon.
“Its cost is far less than that of a highfalutin tram system, and it can be delivered in a relatively short timeframe.”