Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar unveiled the first of 80 new highly advanced double decker buses for Dublin’s bus services through the Government’s capital programme. A total of 80 new buses are being funded by the National Transport Authority as replacement vehicles for Dublin Bus under its public service obligation contract. The new buses represent an investment of €26 million in the Dublin Bus fleet replacement programme.
All vehicles are low floor wheelchair accessible and will ensure that Dublin Bus will have a 100% accessible fleet by the end of 2012.
The buses also feature:
• bilingual passenger information signs in the upper and lower saloons announcing the next bus stop,
• centre doors to improve efficiency at bus stops for boarding and alighting,
• free Wi-Fi,
• improved safety features with additional CCTV,
• individual seating for 68 passengers and standing space for 11 further passengers in the lower saloon and a dedicated space for wheelchair users,
• clearer marking of wheelchair spaces, and
• better luggage storage.
Minister Varadkar said: “I’m very pleased to announce this major Government investment in Dublin’s public transport network. These replacement vehicles are a good example of how this Government is determined to make the best use of the limited resources available, by investing wisely in public transport. When combined with other Government investments like integrated ticketing, providing more bus shelters, real time passenger information, and the National Journey Planner, we hope these 80 replacement buses will encourage more people to switch from cars to public transport. I encourage anyone who hasn’t used public transport for a while to see for themselves how the new improvements are making a difference.”
These new replacement vehicles are the most environmentally friendly to date. They meet “Euro 5” emission standards, consume less fuel and are quieter – ensuring the whole community will benefit from their arrival.
Other recent public transport developments such as the National Journey Planner, Real Time Passenger Information signs, mobile apps, more bus shelters, and the Leap Card are also making public transport a more attractive option for Dubliners and visitors to the city.