Bus Rapid Transit Public Consultation launched
Posted on 18/02/14 at 5:27
17th February 2014
The National Transport Authority has launched a public consultation on proposals for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network for Dublin – “Swiftway”. Full project details and response facilities are available now on the Authority’s website at www.nationaltransport.ie. Members of the public are invited to review the proposals and submit their suggestions and feedback before the deadline of 5.00pm on Tuesday, March 18 2014.
BRT is 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 offers the performance and service characteristics of a light-rail system like 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 everyone.
The Authority has conducted feasibility studies and has identified three “emerging preferred routes” for BRT in Dublin:
• Blanchardstown to UCD
• Swords / Airport to City Centre
• Clongriffin to Tallaght
These are indicative corridors for now, pending consultative input and further analysis. Maps and further details can be viewed online, or at a number of 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 14th.
This current consultation introduces the concept of BRT to the public for the first time, and shows people what it will look like, and how it will work. Once the submissions have been received and analysed we will produce detailed route proposals and street plans for a second consultation in a few months’ time. Later in 2014, we will apply for permission to An Bord Pleanála for the Swords/Airport to City Centre scheme, with applications for the Blanchardstown to UCD and the Clongriffin to Tallaght schemes to follow in 2015.
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 National Transport Authority 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.
Full details available now on www.nationaltransport.ie/bus-rapid-transit/