New schedules for Route 1 only came out yesterday,and they also propose a start date of Sunday 13th. May. Can't see the drivers voting in favour tbh.
It seems to me that a combination of the two is what's needed. Making the buses more frequent but slower is just as bad as making them faster but less frequent. You might be happy with a 30 minute headway but most people wouldn't, especially if they're making connections.
In my experience, DB could speed up buses more by reducing dwell time at bus stops (multi doors, off bus ticketing, no cash, etc) and having the local authorities properly enforce parking regulations at bus stops, kerbs and junctions that by straightening out the route.
But the 15 doesn't meander into any housing estates? I'm not sure where you are getting that idea.
In the broad scheme of things what is needed is both - a high frequency direct route along each QBC and other less frequent routes that serve the estates. Broadly speaking that is what they have done.
I'm not really aware of the 15 route.
I think my point was more that 'frequency' seems to be a Holy Grail of ND and its press releases, with route changes being declared a success and resultant advertising campaigns based on how a route has a bus every X minutes at peak and every Y minutes off peak.
Whereas imo its not actually that important a factor, and is behind journey time in importance. I work with people who would take the bus only rarely and I've heard 'slowness of journey' and 'poor reliability' used as a reason not to use the bus, but have never heard 'poor frequency' put forward. In general the 20something/30something commuter is clued in enough to use an online timetable nowadays. If theres a bus due at 8am thats when they'll turn up, they'll expect the bus on time and they'll expect a direct journey.
If this doesn't happen then the fact that theres another bus at 8.10,8.20 and 8.30 won't matter, they'll mentally decide that the bus is not the way to go.
By and large though, on each QBC there is now at least one direct high frequency route that fulfills that requirement that you are looking for. In Blanchardstown it is the 39a, on the Stillorgan Road it's the 46a/145, on Lucan it's the 25a/25b.
There were serious reliability issues when some of the changes were implemented (particularly with the 13, 27, 38/a, 46a and 145) but by and large these have now been resolved. I do however think that it took far too long for that to happen, and some people may now not realise that the issues have been resolved, having stopped using the service due to the reliability issues that they experienced.
There are several aspects to the resulting bus service:
1) Regular interval services and clockface schedules - this was essential - the previous timetables were a total hotchpotch.
2) High frequency direct route on every QBC, backed up with other routes that serve estates
3) Integrated timetables between routes on the QBC where possible
4) Availability of live information
It doesn't matter if drivers reject it, the company will just push the new schedules through anyway and worry about fixing it later.
It happened with the 13, where the drivers originally rejected it on the grounds of insufficient running time, but were ignored. As a result, the schedule was a disaster with the timetable collapsing every day, until the company was forced into a rethink.
Sadly,Dublin Bus has no official role in this,other than to "Liase" with the relevant responsible authorities.
Currently,in Dublin Civic Administrative terms those authorities have taken a prolonged sabbatical from their duties.
Take,for a single example Ranelagh Village.
Here,the rule of law in relation to Road Traffic Act requirements has been effectively suspended,as each evening this important throughway is reduced to a single-lane in each direction due to totally unregulated Car Parking.
The problematic parking is on two fronts,illegal,as in on the junction of Chelmsford Road and Ranelagh Village (Opposite a solid-white median line,within 5 metres of a junction etc etc).
Then there is the legal parking resulting from the Council's protracted refusal to reinstate regulatory markings which existed prior to the marking of a Cycle Lane several years ago.
Nobody appears to be responsible,Gardai meander nonchalantly around the place always able to dodge into a handy laneway should a confrontational "situation" unfold near their beat.....one such example is the clearly signed NO RIGHT TURN from Ranelagh Road to Sallymount Avenue,which regularly sees traffic flow restricted to favour some boorish clot sitting with a right-turn indicator flashing,having passed and ignored TWO NO RIGHT TURN Signs en route....
A somewhat simple answer would be to make Ranelagh Village a one-way system with Leeson St bound traffic remaining as is,via Chelmsford Road,but with Milltown bound traffic diverting via Sallymount Ave.
This would of course require some significant reduction of on-street Pay-and-Display spaces ( ),but would offer substantial benefits to general commuters and particularly Bus users ....
However,the preferred and customary Irish methodology remains firmly in place.....ignore everything until something awful occurs,then seek out the lowliest individual or grouping to blame...World Class Administration !!
New 16 and 47 timetable....very sneaky upload so it was
Not that sneaky - they have to put the times up before the notice....
Overall, a good package.
Just a pity that whoever wrote the notice does not know the difference between North and South
So the No. 3 service between UCD and Sandymount will cease. I know not every No 3 did that stretch but it was useful for me while it lasted.
The No.1 will go no further than St. John's Church in Sandymount.
I get the feeling from the way DB drivers behave that if they make a prediction about a route revision, it will pan out they way they forecast because they'll make sure it does.
All they have to do is go easy on the gas, stop at every orange light and the service goes down the tubes - 'we told you so!'
The re-routed 47 replaces that section.
Thanks, pity DB didn't see fit to note that in the details on the new No. 1 route.
In other words, they expect people who use that route to read through all of the other revisions to see if they are being accommodated.
And just guess what happens when you go to the link for the revised 47 route and click on the 'View on Map' button?