The routes to be tendered
Companies awarded the right to operate bus services on behalf of the National Transport Authority will each receive a five-year contract, with provision to extend it for a further two years.
The contracts will be awarded in April next year, and tenderers are expected to be capable of providing services within six months of that date.
The operator will use the existing publicly-owned bus fleet, which will not be re-branded. Wi-fi, ability to use the Leap Card and other features will remain.
In all, 40 buses from Bus Éireann and 80 from the Dublin Bus fleet will transfer. Some 240 Dublin Bus drivers, and 50 from Bus Éireann, are affected by the changes.
In all, some 11.4 million passenger journeys will be provided under the new arrangements. The number is different in each affected area.
Bus Éireann operates seven services in the city, and an additional service to Tramore. Some 12 vehicles are used at peak times, and 1.2 million passenger journeys were made in 2013.
In all, there are 2,140 services a week, across 15,813kms.
Each company tendering must prove they have carried one million passengers a year, and have an average annual turnover of €3.5m over the past three years.
Outer Dublin Metropolitan routes (Dublin Bus)
Some 23 routes operated by Dublin Bus will be tendered. They are serviced by 88 double-decker buses, and some nine million journeys are made a year. Some 6,552 weekly services operate, across 118,418kms.
Each company must have an average turnover of €30m per year, and be capable of carrying nine million passengers.
Dublin Commuter Routes
Bus Éireann operates the five routes to be tendered, which are served by 28 coaches at peak times and accounted for 1.2 million journeys in 2013.
Some 918 weekly services are offered, and 47,811kms were travelled in 2013. Bidders must have an annual average turnover of €7m a year, and be capable of carrying a million passengers.