At: http://www.busconnects.ie/ and an overview here:
Note: threads merged and original opening post edited with details from bk's post -- moderator
Details of the BusConnects plan here:
While there is more detail to come (network redesign), I have to say overall it is all very welcome. It reads like pretty much everything we want to see from a modern, efficient bus service.
The main goals are:
- building a network of â€œnext generationÃ¢â‚¬ bus corridors on the
busiest bus routes to make bus journeys faster, predictable
- introducing Bus Rapid Transit, a higher quality of bus system,
on three of the busiest corridors;
- completely redesigning the network of bus routes to provide
a more efficient network, connecting more places and
carrying more passengers;
- developing a state-of-the-art ticketing system using credit
and debit cards or mobile phones to link with payment
accounts and making payment much more convenient;
- implementing a cashless payment system to vastly speed up
passenger boarding times;
- revamping the fare system to provide a simpler fare
structure, allowing seamless movement between different
transport services without financial penalty;
- implementing a new bus livery providing a modern look and
feel to the new bus system;
- rolling out new bus stops with better signage and
information and increasing the provision of additional bus
- transitioning - starting now - to a new bus fleet using low-
emission vehicle technologies.
Only the third point above is affected by the network review, which doesn't seem to include the 3 new BRT routes, nor the core 11 QBC routes:
Very welcome. We have seen how the bus gate has benefited us and how widening the road at the Cat & Cage in Drumcondra was a massive success. More such projects and removal of onstreet car parking to give more space and priority to buses is highly welcome.
BTW for the planned Radial route that runs along Griffith Avenue, I don't know why they don't have it continuing along the Eastern end of Griffith Avenue.
Haha, it feels like the authors of this report are literally reading my mind. I have to send the NTA my consultancy fee
On the new bus livery:
I do understand then need for a Neutral, non DB livery, however I have to say I hate the look of the new NTA livery as shown in this document.
On bus stops:
On low emission buses:
The document also mentions more RTPI screens.
Overall the whole document seems to be describing exactly what we want. I hope they can implement most or all of it.
I'm opening this thread ahead of the NTA announcement of the Dublin PSO Bus Network Review later this month.
The Minister for Transport gave some information on this in a D?il debate yesterday evening.
As I stated in reply to a question this afternoon, I am pleased to inform the House that the NTA will be launching an important initiative at the end of this month that will transform the bus system in the Dublin region.
The transformation of the bus network will involve a package of measures, namely,
* a network of so-called next generation bus corridors with segregated cycling facilities;
* three bus rapid transit routes;
* a complete redesign of the network;
* simpler fare structures;
* implementing a cashless payment system and a state-of-the-art ticketing system;
* implementing new bus branding;
* integrating bus vehicles of different operators and types;
* new bus stops and shelters;
* and use of low emission vehicles.
Consultants Jarrett Walker have already been appointed to carry out the network review by the NTA.