Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign

Jarrett Walker + Associates (JWA) is leading the complete redesign of the bus network in and around Dublin, Ireland as part of the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) BusConnects program.

This network redesign is intended to create the conditions for significantly higher bus ridership in the Dublin Metropolitan Area. After a comprehensive analysis of the existing network, JWA proposed four main strategies to make the service as useful as possible to the largest possible number of people:

  • Organize most radial services into super-frequent spines
  • Redistribute service to create frequent orbital (cross-town) routes
  • Increase frequency in outer areas by using feeders into suburban centers.
  • Define a high-frequency service brand

JWA presented its analysis and proposed strategies at stakeholder workshops throughout the Dublin Area in May and June 2017, and designed an online survey that gathered over 12,000 responses in one month. Both the stakeholder workshops and the online survey indicated extremely strong support for the “spine” and frequent orbital concepts.

JWA has since led a Core Design Workshop including representatives from the NTA, Dublin Bus, and transportation and land use officials from the four administrative counties in County Dublin, as well as representatives of neighboring County Kildare.  The Core Design workshop  yielded a first draft of a new network, which was revised through analysis and consultation with NTA and Dublin Bus through Sprint 2018. The draft network redesign proposal was released for public consultation in July 2018.