It's being claimed that bus journey times along the quays have improved by up to 45%, since traffic flows on changed at the start of September.
In a comparison with the same time last year, Dublin City Council found that bus journeys in the first full week of September this year had "substantial reductions" in time along the north and south quays "at just about every time of the day."
For buses travelling along the north quays, journey times between Ormond Quay and D’Olier Street decreased by 37% between 8am and 9am and 45% between 9am and 10am, when compared with the previous year. Equally significant reductions of between 20% and 25% were achieved during most other hours.
The changes were introduced at the start of September, when cars lost a lane to make room for an extra bus lane. The idea is to prioritise public transport and encourage more people to leave their cars at home.
Anne Graham from the National Transport Authority said her team were "always confident that not only would they deliver faster journey times for passengers, but that they would also free up scarce road space and make provision for even more buses along these stretches."
“This means that these commuters will be spending less of their time on a bus, and more time on the things they would prefer to be doing."
Donal Keating, Operations Manager at Dublin Bus said “These bus priority measures have made an immediate and positive impact on our services using the quays and also across O’Connell Bridge and D’Olier St."
Brendan O'Brien, Head of Technical Services at Dublin City Council added that "the changes have benefited cyclists and pedestrians with more space and general lessening of traffic noise and intrusion."