Originally Posted by Wheety
Cutting it from 25, 26, 66 and 67 to one bus can't help.
While I said several buses go past packed, the 4 buses above stop sometimes to allow people on in Palmerstown.
And I know you'll say everyone will just get a bypass bus under the new system and won't be on the 14. But there are large queues at the 2 stops in Palmertown before the fork every day.
I said I wouldn't be back, but just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!
But the bolded bit is a big miscategorization of what is actually happening. It's a surface level interpretation that doesn't take into account the more subtle issues that the rest of us have mentioned.
I presume by "before the fork" you mean the Kennelsfort Road, but I already mentioned the rationale that I see there. People on that road currently use the 26 because there's no point walking to the N4 for other services - either those services already follow the exact same slower path into the city as the 26 (ie. via Chapelizod), or there's not enough frequency on the two services (25a and b) that use the quicker route via the N4 bypass instead. So, of course you're going to jump on the 26.
But in BusConnects, you'll be able to walk 5 minutes to the N4 and jump on a C-spine bus, all
of which will use the quicker N4 bypass route. I believe that most Palmerstown people will be attracted to do this for two reasons, first is that as someone said, there's possibly a 10-15 minute time saving by taking a bus that uses the N4 bypass; second is that the traffic from Kennelsfort onto the N4 is bad enough that walking to the N4 is usually quicker than taking the bus that same distance.
So the 14 will have less pressure on it from Palmerstown passengers compared to the 26. And additionally, while the 26 is currently strictly a 30 minute frequency service, the 14 will have a 15 minute frequency
between 7-9am and 3-6pm. So there's an increased number of buses available to the people of Palmerstown and
By the way, in addition to the proposed 3 minute frequency of the C-spine routes on the N4 at Palmerstown, there will be peak-only routes for the 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, and the 326 all passing through and stopping in Palmerstown on the N4 - this will add an extra 16
buses stopping at Palmerstown between 7am and 8am during the week. So that 3 minute frequency could well end up being even better, or at least with higher capacities for passengers.