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Old December 21st, 2005, 01:40 AM   #21
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 07:23 AM   #22
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hkskyline, these buses' engines are from Volvo, not Transbus (Dennis)!
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 07:39 AM   #23
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I guess they have similar bodies but different engines! But they really do look like those Dennis Enviro ones in Hong Kong!
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 02:52 PM   #24
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Looks great, and it has stuff written in Irish!
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 06:09 PM   #25
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Can anyone tells us what are the meanings of the letters? (Pls show in BOTH English and Gaelic)
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 08:31 PM   #26
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Transbus is just the body type

in hong kong there is both Dennis Enviros and a Volvo Enviro
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Old March 28th, 2006, 04:46 PM   #27
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Sprawling city centre needs 425 extra buses
28 March 2006
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DUBLIN Bus urgently needs 425 extra buses for new cross-city services to cater for 57,000 new homes in the rapidly-expanding commuter belt.

The company does not have the resources to deploy the existing fleet and needs hundreds of extra new buses if it's to cope with demand, according to a major review of bus services. There was "no argument" to delay further the accelerated roll-out of enhanced, extended and new Quality Bus Corridors (QBCs) as fast as possible, it said.

"To be successful these schemes will need to be complemented by, as a minimum, a substantial increase in the quantity and quality of bus service."

If it gets the buses at a cost of €150m and gridlock is tacked, commuters would be able to "discard timetables" and look forward to buses every 10 minutes.

The Government failed to honour a promise to provide hundreds of extra buses in the National Development Plan 2000-2006. Not one extra bus was given for five years.

According to the Dublin Bus Network Review, there is a severe lack of capacity on many parts of the bus network. This is due to the spread of the city and people living longer distances from the capital.

New areas are also being developed with 57,000 houses planned over the next five years.

Satellite towns such as Blanchardstown and Swords had a growing demand for local bus services.

The report recommends the introduction of more than 200 additional buses to cater for new developments, which need to be served prior to any rail investment.

This must be accompanied by improved and expanded QBCs and a substantial increase in cross-city services.

The report also called for:

* Self-contained bus networks in some of the larger towns.

* Limited stop/express services from outside the M50.

* A number of high-frequency orbital services.

An additional 225 buses will be needed between 2008-2011 in a second wave of investment in the public transport service.

Expansion of the bus fleet would require at least two additional depots, which should be located outside the M50 to give easy access to the major commuter belt towns such as Blanchardstown, Clondalkin and Lucan.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 06:00 PM   #28
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The amount of infrastructure being put in place in Ireland at the moment is incredible. There are motorways being planned left, right and centre.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 09:06 PM   #29
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The amount of infrastructure being put in place in Ireland at the moment is incredible. There are motorways being planned left, right and centre.
Dublin and Ireland population and transport needs are growing faster than infraestuctures...
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Old March 29th, 2006, 04:27 AM   #30
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When I was in Dublin last month, I saw that the southern Luas line began at the end of a pedestrian-only street. Would they extend the line through that street?
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Old March 29th, 2006, 04:51 AM   #31
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20 billion in 10 years!!!WOW
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Old March 29th, 2006, 05:25 AM   #32
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When I was in Dublin last month, I saw that the southern Luas line began at the end of a pedestrian-only street. Would they extend the line through that street?
Was it at the end of Grafton Street by this building next to St. Stephen's Green?





I took this picture of the end of the line right next to it :

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Old March 29th, 2006, 03:33 PM   #33
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These are incredible news!!!!!! My Goodness, Dublin, who could ever have thought...

The investments are HUGE and the plans look absolutely beautiful!!!!!

Does anybody know how long the future Dublin Metro network will be?

Congrats to Dublin!!!!

I envy you blokes, if only Stockholm could do the same for its infrastructure- and soon.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 04:17 PM   #34
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At the moment there are only 2 luas lines built but there are 6 in the pipeline on top of the airport-city link that's due to be built. If all this gets built Dublin's tram network will be pretty extensive. How long this will take, who knows.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 05:26 PM   #35
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When I was in Dublin last month, I saw that the southern Luas line began at the end of a pedestrian-only street. Would they extend the line through that street?
This end is Grafton Street. I think that the possible extension of the line should be underground from this point to the Trinity College. In this area there is no too may space and streets are too narrow.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 08:00 AM   #36
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"Was it at the end of Grafton Street by this building next to St. Stephen's Green?"

Yeah, thats it. I noticed that the track just sort of ended. There were platforms on both sides, but one side isnt used, as it would elad to nowehere.

It looks like it could be extended, so I was wondering if they planned on just running it down Grafton , as the street is pretty wide. How it would work with so many people (it was packed) I dont know. Underground is possible, but I didnt see much space for an incline.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 09:05 PM   #37
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Great news! That's a lot of projects all at once!
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 10:00 PM   #38
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Great news! That's a lot of projects all at once!
Yeah it's great if it gets delivered. Two Metro lines are being built, the one from the city centre to the airport and Swords, Metro North, has announced the three possible routes it will take. The Dublin Metro will be very similar to the Porto Metro so we'll see the likes of this in a few years time. A major concern about the infrastructure projects is that two separate companies are in control of the trains and DART network (CIÉ) and the Metro and Luas (RPA), and they don't seem to like each other very much. Integration is crucial to this transport plan and the government should really force them to work together.

Also the rail projects, while clearly the best solution, won't come on stream till 2009 at earliest, and Dublin Bus needs to be given funding to pick up the slack in the short-term.

One of the most crucial projects is the Interconnector tunnel, which will make the rail lines join up in an X-shape, e.g. Northwest(Maynooth)-South(Greystones), Southwest(Hazelhatch)-North(Balbriggan). This tunnel will be suitable only for electric trains so it requires the DART network to be expanded, which is great news for where I live, and intelligently when CIÉ upgraded the train stations a few years back they designed all the bridges to be high enough to allow electrification. The problem is though that that won't happen until 2015.

There are plans to extend the Stephen's Green Luas line to connect with the red line in the docklands, but none of the proposed routes go along Grafton St (and they shouldn't IMO, it's the most important retail district in the city). Also the Luas network will be expanded to Lucan and Bray - it's a bit far to get a tram into the city centre from there especially in the case of Bray where they already have the DART but the route is important to connect with the Metro lines.

The official schematic is here, the one shown already is from a report from 5 years ago and the Metro North line on it is unlikely to be the one chosen. It's not very detailed unfortunately.

We have seen a lot of new motorway projects and more are in the pipeline, but most of these were badly needed to bring Ireland up to the level of other western countries, and the great thing about this plan is its emphasis on public transport, because as any LA citizen will tell you building new motorways does not necessarily decrease traffic congestion.

I am sure Stockholm has much better public transport than us btw, we are playing catchup with the rest of Europe. Even some of the new EU countries have better transport networks than us.
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Fantastic Dublin, just fantastic. I'll add you to my list of idols.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 07:43 AM   #40
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Dublin to get airport metro by 2012

DUBLIN, Feb 28, 2006 (AFP) - Dublin is to have a metro rail service connecting the city centre to the airport by 2012, Transport Minister Martin Cullen said Tuesday.

The Metro North, which will be about 18 kilometres (11 miles) long and run partly overground, will carry 80,000 people a day and remove 41,000 cars from Dublin's streets.

A transport ministry spokesman would not speculate on the cost of developing the metro.

"That will come at the procurement stage," he told AFP.

The spokesman added the ministry was confident that there were sufficient funds for the metro included in Transport 21, the official nation-wide transport development plan for the next 10 years, that it is estimated will cost 34.4 billion euros (40.9 billion dollars).

Ground investigation work is to begin on the metro within weeks, Cullen said at the launch of the plan.

"We need and deserve a first class transport system," he said, "We are one of the few European cities without a rail link (to the airport)".

The metro would cut the journey time to and from the airport to 17 minutes -- half what it is at present.

It will have an initial frequency of four to five minutes, growing to every 90 seconds once demand builds.

Planning, design and procurement would be finished by 2009, while construction would take until 2012.

There is no underground rail system in Dublin and the metro will be one of the biggest infrastructural projects ever undertaken by the state.

Ireland's booming economy in recent years has led to huge increases in car sales.

As a result, severe traffic congestion is clogging up the city and causing lengthy delays.
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