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Dublin Gets Brand New Bus Route


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A brand new bus route takes to the road in Dublin on Sunday.

The 175 is an orbital route which will travel between UCD and Citywest via Tallaght and Dundrum.

It's the first route to be operated here by the British transport company, Go Ahead, which will also take over 10% of Dublin Bus services on a phased basis from October.

You can board the 175 with all the same tickets that you would usually use, be it Leap Card, Free Travel Pass or Tax Saver.

The National Transport Authority says the real time passenger information will not be available on the Dublin Bus app. Instead you'll have to download the Transport For Ireland app which will contain the RTPI for both Dublin Bus and Go Ahead services.

The new livery is similar to Dublin Bus' fleet. Eventually, all buses right across the city will have the same colours. Dublin Bus will keep it's branding but the entire fleet will come under the Transport For Ireland umbrella.

There had been controversy over plans to change the colour scheme. Disability groups said the colours of the bus had been chosen specifically to help those who are visually impaired.

Disability advocate, Ciaran Delaney, highlights some of the issues they discovered when they were consulted over how the new Go Ahead buses would look, initially.

"When we went out we saw that the buses were dark blue. We asked how a visually impaired person would see it at night. When we went onto the bus, the floor was grey, the handrails were grey, the upholstery was grey... everything was merging into one."

CEO of the National Transport Authority Anne Graham says they've responded to the concerns.

"We changed the front of the bus to put yellow on it so it's more easily seen at night and we've changed the hand-rails so they're yellow as well instead of grey."


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