NEW PLANS TO reduce congestion in Dublin city centre have been announced today under the name ‘BusConnects’.
The system will include a ‘high-quality’ express bus system, it’s planned. The National Transport Authority (NTA) plans to redesign Dublin’s bus system with continuous bus corridors, a redesign of the network of buses, cashless fare payments and a redesign of the bus livery. Eleven radial bus routes (routes that travel through the city centre), three Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes, and three orbital bus corridors will be introduced with the aim of removing “the current delays and uncertainties” in the system, according to the NTA. The building of the new bus corridors is due to commence in late 2019. However, no final date for completion for the entire system has been given as planning permission and Government funding must be sought.
Under the BusConnects plan, a new Bus Rapid Transit system will see a new network of faster bus routes from the city centre to the outskirts of Dublin.
Here’s the new route for the new Bus Rapid Transit network…
The BRT network includes three proposed routes:
- Blanchardstown to UCD
- Clongriffin to Tallaght
- Swords to the city centre
Speaking at the announcement today, CEO of the NTA Anne Graham said that the BRT was designed to provide extra passenger capacity on busier routes in the capital.
The BRT system will use multi-door vehicles, higher platforms for level boarding and stops that are spaced further apart than other buses. Using specially-designed vehicles, buses on BRT routes can cater for a higher volume of passengers than those on a normal bus corridor. New orbital routes are set to be introduced to provide bus routes around the outskirts of the capital and so that buses will not have to drive through the city centre.
Currently, the majority of cross-city Dublin Bus journeys can only be made by first travelling into the city centre to catch the second bus.
The new ticketing system would use credit and debit cards or mobile phones to link with payment accounts, to make paying fares more convenient – eventually moving to a cashless ‘tag-on, tag-off’ system.
“One of the delays in the movement of buses is boarding and paying your fare. Without changing the fare structure, we’re moving to a cashless trial and investing in new ticketing systems,” Graham said.