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Bus plans


 Investment: Dublin Bus. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Investment: Dublin Bus. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Investment: Dublin Bus. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

THREE Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes are planned for Dublin.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) wants to link Dublin Airport to the city centre, Blanchardstown to UCD and Clongriffin to Tallaght using BRT services.

Described as a high-quality transit system, BRT delivers "fast, comfortable and cost-effective mobility", the NTA stated.

It operates by providing a "right-of-way infrastructure" segregated from traffic.

The NTA said a Dublin Airport BRT link "would complement any railed-based solution in the long term", a reference to the now-shelved Metro North project.

The NTA said investment in the renewal of the Dublin Bus fleet has slowed since the onset of the recession.

"As a result, the age of the Dublin Bus fleet has dis-improved, with a considerable portion of buses now dating back to the 2000 to 2002 period," the NTA said.

The NTA proposes to invest in a fleet renewal programme that "seeks to ensure that the average bus fleet age for publicly subsidised services does not exceed seven years".

Consideration is to be given to a dedicated public transport corridor along Westland Row to allow for a better interchange with DART and other rail services at Pearse Station.

A coach parking facility close to Dublin city centre is to be developed, as long as the NTA is satisfied private operators will use it.