Some locals have been asking for things like lower speed limits and wider footpaths, but now they say they’re bracing for the impact of three core bus corridors instead.
Central to the current debates about BusConnects is how to balance moving people through neighbourhoods, and maintaining a sense of place within them.
Fitting cycle routes next to bus corridors and extending crossing times for pedestrians were among issues councillors discussed at a recent transport committee meeting.
Some cyclists say if prioritising buses, bikes, and those on foot is the aim, this should be on the table.
The 25a from Lucan fills up fast. But there’s a reason that buses aren’t bigger.
Is it a Trojan horse for privatisation and cutbacks, or a panacea for the city’s ailing transport network? DIT transport-planning lecturer David O’Connor looks at the debate around the proposed changes.
Drivers also say they’re disgruntled they weren’t consulted earlier. The consultant behind BusConnects says all feedback is welcome, but the interests of drivers and passengers don’t always align.
“Services on the main roads seem to be fine and will hopefully improve. But anybody who is living in the centre of estates is losing out big time,” says Independents 4 Change Councillor Pat Dunne.
New plans for Dublin’s bus network hinge on nodes across the city, where passengers would have to hop off and change buses. What might those interchanges be like?
But unless the city-centre congestion is dealt with, we are unlikely to be any better off with or without BusConnects, writes DIT transport-planning lecturer David O’Connor.