Dublin Bus has reported a further increase in passenger numbers for 2014. The company carried 119 million passengers on its 945 buses last year which is an increase of 4 million on 2013. Since 2013, the company has introduced additional buses into the fleet providing its customers with a fully accessible bus service. In 2015, Dublin Bus will acquire an additional 90 new buses which will be delivered in the second half of the year. This positive trend in passenger numbers has also resulted in Dublin Bus commencing its 3rd recruitment drive since 2013. Last year the company employed an additional 160 new drivers to cater for this additional demand and to ensure that a quality service continues to be delivered for customers. The application process for professional bus drivers is open for 2015 and the company hopes to employ in the region of an additional 50 drivers this year. Speaking about the growth in passenger numbers, Dublin Bus Chief Executive, Paddy Doherty said, “The continued increase in passenger numbers marks a significant step forward for Dublin Bus and we are delighted to be able to create additional driver positions to meet the increase in demand. This growth also proves the effectiveness of the many developments which have been delivered over the past three years such as improved services through the Network Direct Project and customer service improvements such as Real Time Passenger Information, the Dublin Bus app, On-board Wi-Fi and Leap Card.”In December 2014, Dublin Bus signed a new contract with the National Transport Authority to provide public bus services in the Greater Dublin Area for a period of five years to December 1st 2019.