Saturday 18 November 2017

Uber offering half price taxi fares...and everything else you need to know ahead of Dublin Bus strikes

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

More than 400,000 commuters will face travel chaos later this week as the first of six planned strikes by Dublin Bus is set to go ahead.

The first bus strikes will be on Thursday September 8 and Friday September 9, leaving many people without their normal mode of transport.

With students back at schools and universities and commuters trying to get to work, be sure to leave extra time to deal with the traffic.

Here are the five things you need to know:

  1. Taxi service Uber are offering half price fares to anyone who shares a taxi with colleagues or friends through the Uber app. A spokesperson said: “The more friends or colleagues you get to share your journey with you, the less cars on the road and the cheaper your commute will be – everyone’s a winner!”
  2. Irish Rail said they will not be putting on any extra trains for the strike because they are already working to capacity.
  3. Luas operator Transdev also said there were no more trams available to cope with the inevitable increase in demand.
  4. Dublin City Council said all bus routes will be in operation for Bus Éireann, Aircoach, private operators, and taxis, despite the AA calling on the Government to allow motorists to drive on the bus lanes  “to alleviate the inconvenience” during the strike.
  5. There will be no reduction in eflow tolls as an excess of drivers will be forced to take the M50.

So as chaos looms, how will people get around the city?

  1. Dublin Bike
  2. Car pool
  3. Luas
  4. Irish Rail
  5. Taxi Services
  6. Private bus hires

How do you plan on getting to work? Get in touch with your comments at

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