O’Rourke Presses for Bus Rapid Transit for North Kildare

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Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke, has been informed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) that it will consider the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for Routes 66 and 67 servicing Maynooth, Celbridge and Leixlip following a meeting with the NTA this week.

“The NTA recently launched BusConnects which is a suite of initiatives to radically transform public transport in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). The proposals in BusConnects puts the bus services at the heart of the solution when it comes to addressing congestion in the capital and the M50.“

“The average daily traffic at the tolling point on the M50 for example, was almost 18% higher in 2016 than two years earlier in 2014 and journeys by car in the morning peak hour take, on average, over 18% longer than just two years ago.”

“A transformed Bus Service will greatly assist in encouraging a modal shift from the car to the Bus. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is put forward as a solution to increasing the capacity of the Bus service.”

“Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-quality bus based transit system that delivers a service with higher speeds and quality of service than traditional bus services. A typical BRT system uses multi-door vehicles, higher platforms for level boarding but stops that are spaced further apart than those that serve conventional buses. Using different vehicles than normal buses, a BRT route can cater for a higher volume of passengers than a normal bus corridor.”

“Initially, the NTA has provided for 3 corridors for the Bus Rapid Transit. However the NTA have now confirmed to me that it will consider this type of Bus service on Routes serving North Kildare.”

“Since being elected, I have made continuous representations to have the public transport services improved. We have made progress on improving Bus Services, a farer fare structure for Kilcock and Naas Rail commuters and plans are in place to have Park & Ride facilities, an orbital route is planned linking Naas to Blanchardstown and DART to Maynooth and Hazelhatch is planned. We must make further progress and providing a BRT service for North Kildare will be another step in the right direction ” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.

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