Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mary Kenny: I am a passenger - what Dublin Bus could learn from other cities

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin

I can't give our Transport Minister Shane Ross any advice about the economic management of Dublin Bus - he says the system is heading for broke - but I have plenty of suggestions about how to improve Dublin's bus system for passengers.

Firstly, flow: a city bus should always have an entering door and an exit door, and some buses have only the one. Moreover, buses in Dublin seldom open the exit door, except when especially requested, or in an emergency. I was recently on a crowded Dublin bus where a young mother with a cumbersome baby buggy edged her way to the front door of the bus, standing passengers squashing aside, while the exit doors remained resolutely closed.

This just wouldn't happen in any other city on which I travel on buses. London buses all have two doors, both used for their proper purpose: entrance and exit. The passenger never exits by the front door because that impedes the flow.

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