Dublin Bus’ Network Direct project has introduced an additional 9 cross city routes into its network with all of these extended on the south side of the city. Routes 13, 14, 15, 27, 39a, 40, 46a, 140 and 145 have all been extended resulting in a better bus service for the residents of south Dublin.
Route 15 is one such route which now operates from Stocking Avenue, Ballycullen in the South to Clongriffin Rail Station in the North. Improvements to Route 15 were implemented under the project last December including the extension of the route in South Dublin to Stocking Avenue in Ballycullen and an increase in frequency of every 10 minutes at peak times.
As a result of the extension of the route in the south, residents of areas such as Firhouse and Ballycullen now have improved, more direct connections to Rathmines, St. Stephen’s Green, Trinity College, Eden Quay, Bus Áras, Connolly Rail Station, IFSC and Fairview. The journey time on the route has also been improved. Traveling on the Malahide QBC, Route 15 brings customers from Malahide Road to Rathmines in just 45 minutes.
To date 80% of the Dublin Bus network has seen changes and improvements with the implementation of Network Direct. The majority of customers on Dublin Bus’ network now travel on high frequency cross city services which enhance the simplicity, comfort, convenience and value for money for customers.
The project has also allowed for improved timetable design; making them easier to understand. Routes now have stop-specific departure times at selected locations and all route timetables have been redesigned to reflect this e.g. Route 15 has a dedicated departure time from Amiens Street towards Stocking Avenue, Ballycullen. This enables customers to better understand Dublin Bus services and plan their journey.
The introduction of Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) also allows customers to plan their journey more accurately. Customers can now access real time information for all 5,000 bus stops and shelters in Dublin. Each bus stop in Dublin has a unique stop number which can be used to find out the arrival times of services online at www.dublinbus.ie, via Dublin Bus’ free iPhone and Android apps and text message to 53035. So anyone can find out when their bus is due even if an RTPI screen is not located at the bus stop.