Transport Minister Noel Dempsey today hailed a new Luas extension as a shining example of the country’s can-do attitude.
The €90m project takes the existing Red Line through the heart of Dublin’s Docklands to The 02 venue.
Boarding the first tram to make the journey, Mr Dempsey said the project showed how much the capital had developed in recent decades.
“While we will face and continue to face difficult times I think we should remember our capabilities, remember as a nation what we’re capable of and that can-do spirit that we have,” he said.
“The new Luas will help to enhance the accessibility of the Dublin area, it helps to better integrate the area with the wider Dublin region and the local community and that sense of the local community will spread from this area.”
The new 1.5km line, which takes in four new stops at George’s Dock, Mayor Square, Spencer Dock and The Point, is expected to bring an extra 1.8 million passenger journeys a year.
Trams will run from the Point to Tallaght every six-and-a-half minutes at peak times and every eight minutes off-peak.
Its completion follows almost a decade of public consultations, design work, construction and testing.
Meanwhile, two other Luas extensions are currently under construction.
A stretch from Sandyford to Cherrywood is set to begin taking passengers late next year while the new line from Belgard to Citywest is expected to be finished in 2011.