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Dublin Bus - Bad Service

Article Summary   by:DaveOGrady     Original Author: David O''Grady
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Over 500,000 people everyday use Dublin Bus. Dublin Bus services 93% of Dublin City and County. With over 170 routes operating in each Dublin community, the bus plays a pivotal part in the lives of Dublin's 1.2 million residents. The company’s aim is to provide a quality service to Dubliners but just how good is that service. Taking a bus in Dublin is like an adventure if you travel everyday. There are many buses you can take and each one has its own special experience. Take the 75 for instance, you are guaranteed an experience that you will never forget. You can sometimes meet the most interesting people. You might get a front row seat when there is a fight. Sometimes the bus breaks down and you have to wait for at least an hour for another bus to come. Some of the drivers always seem to be having a bad day, with faces red as beetroots. They appear to love to make you run for a bus. Sometimes they will drive slowly at first but when they see you catching up; they hit the gas and take off like a bat out of hell. A few of them drive up on the footpath. And it’s great when they row with taxi drivers. It’s like a battle for king of the road. It’s a fight for moral superiority. Racism also occurs on Dublin buses. Ireland has become a multicultural society but a recent survey by the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) has shown that the vast majority of racism occurs in public places and on public transport. I remember once when two Chinese schoolgirls were sitting at the front, upstairs on the bus. This extremely rough looking character began to insult them because they were Chinese. Maybe he should have had a long look at himself. The scruffy man was out of order. Our buses are also becoming more and more uncomfortable to ride on. Vandalism is out of control and drivers are afraid of potentially dangerous routes such as that of Tallaght where reports have been made where drivers have refused to drive to some parts at night. So what does this say for our public bus service? I remember the slogan, “Dublin bus changing with the city” it should be Dublin Bus “shaming the city”. What about the 46A. It’s like their favourite route. All the new buses are put on this route. It comes much more regularly. Why do they treasure a route from City Centre to Dun Laoghaire when there is already a DART service available? With the introduction of the Luas, Dublin Bus has starved the Ballinteer area of its buses.
Almost all 48A buses were cancelled and the disgraceful services of the 14 and 14A were expanded to cover this area. However, the numbers of buses on this route were also reduced so Ballinteer has been left with a service that only comes once in a blue moon. Every morning around eight o’clock, most routes have at least four buses within the hour. However this is not the case in Ballinteer. There would be one or two buses and if you miss them you are in trouble. You always know when you have missed the bus as the bus stop is like a ghost town, although we cannot blame Dublin Bus for that. There was a discussion on Joe Duffy recently regarding bus drivers leaving before their due time. I have experienced this myself. Just the other day I timed a bus to go into town. As I live at the top of the road, I believed I had time as the bus departs from the bottom of the road. It was due to leave the terminus at 20 past the hour. I came out at 18 minutes past the hour and low and behold the bus was already at my bus stop and I had to run for it. This should not be allowed. The drivers must think that they can save time by leaving early when really they will be just in traffic for the next hour. The price of bus fares has risen significantly over the past few years. However, they are still cheap compared to cars, trains and taxis. The fares do increase at least every two years. If this continues it will eventuallystop people traveling by bus, as they simply cannot afford it. These increases in prices are most likely due to great competition that now faces Dublin Bus. The Luas has already taken so much business away from Dublin Bus. But surely increasing the fares is not the solution.
Published: January 12, 2008   
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  1. 3. Eamonn O Nuallain

    Dublin Bus

    If dublin bus want to go into competition with the Luas they should reduce their fares to bring the people back to the bus

    0 Rating Tuesday, January 15, 2008
  2. 2. Paul Sheehan

    46A

    Your Absolutely right dave, the 46A is always getting the newest buses. Its scandalous.

    0 Rating Sunday, January 13, 2008
  3. 1. John O'Brien

    bad transport

    great article! this is so true. Dublin bus do not have their priorities right at all. things need to change. At last somebody has spoken out!

    0 Rating Sunday, January 13, 2008
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