Understanding The Cunning Plan
What is BusConnects?
BusConnects is the National Transport Authority’s programme to greatly improve bus services in Irish cities. It is a key part of the Government’s policy to improve public transport and address climate change in Dublin and other cities across Ireland. BusConnects Dublin includes the Network Redesign and the Core Bus Corridors projects. BusConnects is included within the following Government policy strategies: the National Development Plan 2018 – 2027; Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 – 2035; and the Climate Action Plan 2019.
What has just materialised is very much "Plan B". The first cunning plan received so much opprobrium that the consultants (now there's a surprise!) were told to try again. What follows, then, is the second attempt. Bus Connects has thrown the Dublin bus metwork up into the air and belaboured it with a very large baseball bat.
The National Transport authority summarises its cunning plan with an overview of SIX types of bus route.
The next two are similar.
As far as fbb can tell, you need to choose your journey first then you get a timetable ...
As so often happens with modern information technology, you need to know the answer before you ask the question!
The aim is to show the service NOW and that proposed by the Bus Connects cunning plan.
So we start with the 67 which the "core" map shows as running to Straffan Road ...
The 67 runs every 30 minutes.
This leaves the gap to be filled by by the W6 (BLUE). but we are told how frequent the orbital link will be.
Presumably, the planner think that there are insufficient passengers in the gap to warrant running the C4 all the way to Maynooth station. Will those passengers agree?
Note a goodly selection limited stop of "X" services into the city centre (YELLOW) and "local" routes L58 and L59 (GREEN) linking parts which the "core" does not reach with the station at Hazelhatch and Cellbridge.
Beware - they are much more complicated!