Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has voiced his support for the BusConnects project unveiled by the National Transport Authority today.

Deputy Troy added that the NTA must engage with the local communities impacted by changes to the road network and must communicate effectively with people from start to finish.

Deputy Troy said, “Dublin is experiencing a serious problem with traffic congestion. Public transport services are unable to cope with the increasing demand. The problem is set to worsen significantly in the years ahead unless we invest in our public transport services due to demographic changes and an increase in the number of people living in Dublin.

“Over 50% of Dublin commuters now use public transport. Dublin Bus recorded 139 million passenger journeys in 2017, up from 128 million in 2016. Demand for bus services is increasingly rapidly and it’s important that the Government invests in the bus network to ensure it is not overwhelmed in the years ahead. The BusConnects project represents the opportunity to get this investment underway.

“Quality Bus Corridors have proven to be an efficient and effective method of transporting passengers in cities where they have been implemented. They lead to a reduction in journey times and an increase in timetable consistency. Ultimately they lead to increased satisfaction for public transport users and a fall in traffic congestion.

“In order for this project to succeed it is vital that the NTA engage with the local communities impacted by the changes. The proposals need to be communicated effectively from start to finish and the communities along the proposed routes need to be the ones that benefit the most from more reliable public transport services.

“The NTA must also use this project as an opportunity to help Ireland meet its carbon emission targets. There are currently no hybrid vehicles in the Dublin Bus fleet. It’s important that the new fleet of buses that will operate on these routes are state of the art and contribute positively to our carbon emission targets.

“While BusConnects is an ambitious project, we simply cannot ignore the huge capacity issues in our public transport services at present.”