Improved bus services bring better integration with Dart
Nine more bus routes are to switch from Dublin Bus to Go-Ahead Ireland from Sunday 20 January in a move that will see improved services, across the Transport for Ireland bus network in the capital.
From Sunday, routes 17, 104, 114, 161, 220, 236, 238, 239 and 270 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 latest 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, by both Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland.
This process which got under way in September will be the 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 of Go-Ahead Ireland said:
“We’re delighted to expand the Go-Ahead Ireland bus service across the capital with the introduction of these additional nine 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 Blackrock, with the 17 and the 104; Dublin 15 with the 220, 236, 238 and 239; and Maynooth and Leixlip with the 26, the 66 and the new 66E.
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, primarily in the Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area.
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Route 17: Blackrock to Rialto via University College Dublin (UCD) & Dundrum
Route 104: Clontarf DART Station to Dublin City University (DCU)
Route 114: Blackrock DART Station to Rockview
Route 161: Dundrum to Rockbrook
Route 220: Dublin City University (DCU) to Lady’s Well Road
Route 236: Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to Damastown IBM
Route 238: Lady’s Well Road to Tyrrelstown
Route 239: Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
Route 270: Dunboyne to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
DUBLIN BUS SERVICES
Route 11: Wadelai Park to Sandyford Business District via City Centre
Route 26: Palmerstown to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Village and City Centre
Route 54a – Kiltipper to Pearse Street via Tallaght and Harold’s Cross
Route 66 – Maynooth to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Village and City Centre
Route 66a – Leixlip Captain’s Hill to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Village ad City Centre
Route 66b – Leixlip Castletown to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Village and City Centre
NEW Route 66e – Maynooth to Merrion Square via Glen Easton, Chapelizod Village and City Centre