NEW technology and revised routes have provided real benefits for customers, Dublin Bus said today.
Network Direct, a redesign of the Dublin Bus service network which started in September, 2010, has meant more direct routes, more regular and frequent services, a simplified bus network, increased cross-city and orbital connections and improved reliability, it claimed.
It has meant increased passenger numbers on Quality Bus Corridors: Blanchardstown QBC (up 4pc); Stillorgan QBC (up 2pc); Lucan QBC (up 4pc), Northern Orbital Routes (up 13pc), while the Revised Route 40 (Finglas Village to Liffey Valley) has met with an "extremely positive" customer response.
"The transport needs of our customers has evolved over the years and the success of Network Direct has shown that we've successfully adapted to meet those needs," Dublin Bus chief executive Paddy Doherty said.
Network Direct is now nearing completion with outstanding phases (Swords, Rathfarnham and the Howth Road) due for completion in the first quarter of 2012.
In February last, on-street Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) display units went into operation and since July, Dublin Bus customers have also been able to access RTPI via the Dublin Bus website, a Dublin bus iPhone app and an sms text service. The free Dublin Bus iPhone app has been downloaded 55,000 times and in Christmas week, Dublin Bus launched the Android version, allowing an even greater number of Smartphone users instant access to RTPI.