Cuffe welcomes BusConnects initiative

The Green Party has welcomed the announcement that the National Transport Authority is carrying out a review of bus services in Dublin. However, it said more needs to be done to connect buses with other modes of transport.

The Green Party Transport spokesperson Councillor Ciarán Cuffe said: “The BusConnects initiative is a step in the right direction, but what we really need is an integrated transport network. That means making it easier to transfer from one bus to another, and also to transfer between Luas, DART and commuter rail. Seamless connectivity is the key, and is needed between all forms of transport.

“This review promises a better bus service, but fails to provide funding for an increase in Dublin’s bus fleet. We need more buses and lower fares to tackle congestion on our roads. Dublin’s fares are higher than many similar cities elsewhere Europe, and many buses are overcrowded during peak periods.

“The announcement of low-emission vehicles is welcome, but is clear than no final decision has been made on this. Minister Ross has an opportunity to provide leadership in rolling out all-electric and hybrid vehicles.

“Ultimately Minister Ross must provide the funding to deliver on the changes proposed today. Without a strong voice at cabinet, it risks gathering dust once completed.”