The 6/6A were also duplicated with the 114 being introduced from 1987 onwards as a DART Feeder route until the last 6 ran in 1989. Thinking about it for a minute; you had a maximum of 4 bus routes going up the exact same route all along Carysfort Avenue up to Newtown Park & Sandyford Industrial Estate. The 17 would also be included as it went along a short stretch of Carysfort Avenue all the way up to Convent Road or the old Carysfort College from when the 17 began in the early 1970's and continued on using that stretch for over 20 years.
Then you had all the other bus routes like the 7, 7A, 8, 45 & 113 all piling in top of them near Frascati Road or the main street of Blackrock. It was a crazy period for using buses in an area like Blackrock at that time before I was born in 1990.
I will give you a snapshot of the bus route numbers between then & now to see the difference in how they evolved over time.
Past route numbers from CIE Dublin City Services - 5, 6, 6A, 7, 7A, 8, 17, 45.
Past route number up with Dublin Bus until Network Direct - 5, 7, 7A, 7X, 8, 17, 45, 46E, 113, 114 & 115.
Present route numbers before BusConnects project- 4, 7, 7A, 7N, 17, 46E, 84, 84A, 84N, 114.
Now after BusConnects in 2019 you could get this scenario.
Go-Ahead Dublin (Blackrock) - 17, 114.
Dublin Bus - ????? -
The remaining routes that stay with Dublin Bus for now could face a lot of changes from the public in how they run their services with BusConnects. All of these changes alike what is happening with the other routes in the GDA will be told from results from the public consultation & redesign of the network. In an area like Blackrock for example; the public have to face changing 3 Cross City routes, 2 Nitelink routes, 1 peak route, 2 social/work/school/college routes to Bray & Newcastle. 2 of the routes with Go-Ahead Dublin could be changed too under this consultation unless their routes & timetables are fully changed from the NTA.
Whatever way that this public consultation is going to how to pan out with all of the results revealed from the NTA or Jarett Walker etc. The results of this initiative could leave a marked change from the public in how these bus services fully operate across Dublin by linking with other transport networks in the capital. BusConnects could be described as an exciting project for certain people of this persuasion or an complex project for others to consider in their daily lives. What is well highlighted here on boards is that people would want a marked change in how these services are run for a new generation living in a city like Dublin.
But could that experience extend to other areas of society living in the capital? Who knows until the final results are published on the day itself?
Whenever the consultation with the public starts by possibly next month & finishes at the end of the year; the amount of information that is going to be processed about changing the bus network itself until all of it's feedback has been fully collected will be incredible for the organisations to assess & collate it. This type of information is the critical part of this consultation otherwise known as the hard data in how the bus service in Dublin is meant to be changed to run under it's new network. Vast swathes of the public will be going to various public meetings all over Dublin to talk about this particular project by giving critical information to the NTA in how they want their public bus service to be changed. Nobody in the city in this day & age should ever take this project as a joke. This consultation going to have a possible running time of six months which is a hugely complex & time consuming process for everyone to go through for any walk of life. For any person with a sensible brain in their head; this is very serious work to get through with a possibly a huge positive outcome at the end of it.
There will be a huge amount of relief when the NTA considers this as a great success once it's implemented. If that happens among everyone else; I will be a happy man to go through it. Then there is another possible scenario as a "what happens next?" if the project completely fails to change anything about the bus network in Dublin. I cannot predict what is going to happen next about the project if it becomes a success or failure. All I want to see for now if this project will get through it's initial hurdles of the getting the actual hard data actually collected from the public & presented in a huge series of reports for us to read through. BusConnects could be brilliant or a failure when the pre-implementation is over. I cannot wait until it's over. It's going to be incredible when it's all done & dusted.
Last edited by dublinman1990; 19-05-2018 at 02:23.