Antrim Councillor Alan Lawther said: “It is very encouraging that public transport use in on the increase; however to maintain this momentum the Executive must deliver better train and bus services.
“To improve public transport the Executive should redirect funding away from roads towards our buses and trains.
“Its great news that passenger numbers on the Metro service have grown by 20% since 2005 and train use has increased by 35% since 2002.
“Northern Ireland is crying out for better, more sustainable services to protect the environment and improve infrastructure. The Executive must change their car-centred approach to travel and provide better and more frequent public transport services for rural areas and our cities.”