Tallaght looking good for rapid bus route

by Ian Begley

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has identified Clongriffin to Tallaght as a “preferred route” for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network for Dublin.
The transport system called Swiftway would operate similarly to the Luas and could cut bus journey times by 40%.
This route is identified as one of three proposed routes for Dublin which include: Blanchardstown to UCD and Swords/Airport to the City Centre.
BRT is set to be a high-quality, high-capacity, comfortable form of transport, offering attractive multi-door vehicles, off-board ticketing and frequent services along key strategic corridors using a priority bus lane. It will offer the performance and service characteristics of a light-rail system like the Luas – but at about a third of the cost.
BRT services will connect with the existing bus, Luas and rail network in the city, enhancing the benefits of the public transport system for all.
Cllr John Hannon (Ind) told the Gazette that he believes the reduced journey time would bring a multitude of benefits to the Tallaght community and that the network would reduce traffic congestion in local areas.
He said: “If it cuts journey times and secondly if it gives people certainty [that BRT will arrive on time] that’s a positive. I think the difficultly that people often have with the bus service is because of traffic congestion it doesn’t arrive on time so that people don’t have the certainty that they have on the Luas.
“If a system like BRT were to be introduced and if it gave passengers that degree of certainty that it can move passengers in a fairly swift manner it would certainly be a huge benefit,” said Cllr Hannon.
Over 160 cities worldwide offer BRT systems as part of their integrated public transport mix – these include Madrid, Nantes, Vancouver, Brisbane and Cape Town.
The Swiftway proposal follows on a number of significant improvements implemented by the NTA in recent years. New facilities, such as the Leap Card integrated ticket, on-street and online Real Time arrival information, journey planning tools and major bus network reconfigurations in the cities have all helped make people’s use of public transport simpler and more reliable.
Members of the public are invited to review the proposals and submit their suggestions before the deadline of 5pm, March 18. Visit www.nationaltransport.ie.
Maps and further details can also be viewed online, or at displays being hosted by the authority in civic offices in Wood Quay, Blanchardstown, Swords, Coolock and Tallaght, and in the UCD restaurant building from now until March 14.

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