Sligo Leitrim Deputy Martin Kenny says the Expressway routes run by Bus Éireann need to be reviewed at the very least.
The Sinn Fein Transport spokesperson has been commenting on the announcement by Bus Éireann this week that it is increasing fares on a number of routes at the end of this month.
The changes affect some of the routes serving the Shannonside region including the Number 22 Dublin to Ballina, and Number 23 Dublin to Sligo Expressway services.
Open or monthly tickets will not be available to buy on board anymore, and tickets will need to be booked online in advance.
Speaking on the Let's Talk show today Deputy Kenny says consideration has to be given to government support for these services, particularly at a time where people are being encouraged to use more public transport.
'I do know that they have to run a service and they're doing their best in that context.
I think we need to have a review of the entire situation because at the moment the Expressway routes to Dublin, and to Dublin airport, going through this region, are not supported by government , in other words there's no subvention at all , they have to make enough money to pay for all the routes themselves.
The increase in the fare, I think, I'm very much of the view that the Expressway model , which is there at the moment, which government doesn't support through any subsidy, needs to be reviewed and looked at again.'