Improved bus services bring better integration with Dart
Three more bus routes are to switch from Dublin Bus to Go-Ahead Ireland from Sunday 24 March in a move that will see improved services, across the Transport for Ireland bus network in the capital. This marks the final phase of the changeover of routes in the capital that commenced in September 2018.
From Sunday, routes 18, 76 and 76A will be operated under the ‘Transport for Ireland’ brand by Go-Ahead Ireland, and passengers on these routes will see immediate improvements in frequency and service levels.
In addition, the switchover of routes will free up resources which has allowed the National Transport Authority to approve a programme of service improvements and modifications on Dublin Bus routes across the network in the weeks ahead.
NTA Chief Executive Officer Anne Graham said: “This final phase of changes being introduced this coming weekend are part of an overall process of increasing frequency and improving services on about 50 bus routes in Dublin, operated under the Transport for Ireland brand.
“This is part of the single biggest programme of service improvements that the NTA has ever approved and it is an indication of the level of commitment we have to making the bus service better for more passengers across the network in Dublin.”
Ed Wills, Managing Director Go-Ahead Ireland said: “We’re delighted to expand the Go-Ahead Ireland bus service across the capital with the introduction of these additional routes.
We look forward to continuing to work with the NTA on improving transport for customers in Dublin and beyond.”
This rollout represents good news for customers in areas such as Sandymount and Palmerstown with the 18; and Tallaght, Chapelizod and Blanchardstown with the 76 and 76a.
If you regularly travel on these routes your bus now has a brand new look, but there are no changes to fares and ticketing:
The change in operator on these Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes is as a result of a public tender process undertaken by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in 2017. The competitive tender saw Go-Ahead Ireland being awarded the contract to operate 10% of routes previously operated by Dublin Bus.
Full details of all the service changes are available from the www.transportforireland.ie, www.dublinbus.ie and www.goaheadireland.ie websites.
Real time information is available via the TFI Real Time Ireland App. Customers can download for free through the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad devices and the Google Play Store for Android devices.
CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES, MARCH 24
Route 18 Sandymount to Palmerstown
Route – 76 / 76a – Tallaght to Chapelizod / Blanchardstown
DUBLIN BUS SERVICES
Furthermore, the following routes will all benefit from enhanced timetables.
The routes will collectively benefit from enhanced reliability and improved journey times as a result of improvements including: