Public Meeting to Discuss Bus Proposals
The National Transport Authority (NTA) on Monday published its Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign Public Consultation report, which will see service levels increase by over a quarter.
“This project is good news for bus-goers in our local area. More frequent buses and new routes will be accompanied by the introduction of a 90 minute fare. Young and old will benefit from the initiative. Orbital routes linking Dublin suburbs will mean that many passengers will no longer need to change in the city centre to reach their destination. Links with the Luas will greatly improve.
“Free travel for older passengers will remain untouched despite recent suggestions that it would be removed.
“I will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday September 4th at 8pm in Ballinteer St John’s GAA Club so that local residents can have their say on the future of our bus services.
“Under these proposals we will see an overall increase in services of 27% which as far as customers are concerned, can only be a good thing.”
Furthermore, Minister Ross encouraged local residents to review the proposals and have their say to ensure no important details are forgotten:
“I welcome the fact that the NTA and Dublin Bus are now embarking on a process of public consultation. I know that they are both in listening mode, and if people have suggestions as to how these plans can be made even better, I’m sure they will be looked at closely. With that in mind, I will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday September 4th at 8pm in Ballinteer St John’s GAA Club so that local residents can have their say on the future of our bus services. I would encourage all members of the public to attend this meeting or fully engage in the consultation process.”
The report proposes a number of fundamental changes to the network of bus services in Dublin:
• Services to be arranged along seven cross-city super-frequent spines
• Dramatic increase in the numbers of orbital services
• Increase in the number of all-day high-frequency services
• Move to a simplified two-fare system
• A new route numbering system
Under the proposals, the level of bus service will increase by 27%. This includes services on 11 brand-new orbital routes that will operate on a 15-minute frequency or better, in the north, south and west of the network area.