3 Main Loops in Public Transport & 3 Element Flaws

Plan for Dublin benefiting all Ireland, direct rail to Dublin Airport from all areas with rail.

Bus Loops, Quay Bus Contraflow Loop in the city centre along the Quays, see map 1, and the outer bus loops. These will maximise public transport bus use in Dublin. This bus contraflow on the Quays is the best system of all. Buses can get in and out of city traffic free. It has great support from bus drivers. If there is a better system let us know.  

Luas Loop or G-Link Luas, an orbital Luas in the city centre, map 2. This disperses all users arriving at all Dublin rail stations, when upgraded to Dart, to all city centre areas.

Rail Loops. By building a new section of rail from Donabate (Belfast Line) to Glasnevin (Metro Dart) links up the whole Irish rail network in Loop formation. This gives direct access to Dublin Airport from all areas of Dublin and from all Ireland that has rail. Map3

  1. Element flaws in Bus Transport 
  1. Bus access obstructions in the city centre. 
  2. Main flaws in public transport. 
  3. Public Transport vehicles not where needed.          

Element 1. Access flaws.

(A) Loop system allows all bus routes entering city centre to do so in a free-flowing way. With Quay Bus Contraflow Loop, buses are not obstructed or delayed in any way.   

(B) Loop system avoids buses being delayed by parades, deliveries, water pipes repair.   

(C)  Not obstructed by Luas or bus delaying Luas, both are vital part of public transport.

Element 2. Public Transport flaws. Loop system addresses the three main flaws in public transport.

(A) Back Tracking, where passengers go back a stop or two to get their bus. This causes major problem for bus loading at city centre main stop, resulting in regular users finding it difficult to get a seat, this problem becomes greater as more use public transport.                                                           

(B) The problem of full buses passing users along the route.

(C) Unreliable public transport, a major deterrent to attract car users to bus. 

Element 3. Flaw.  Buses not where required.

(A) Loop system is so designed that buses are placed where needed.

(B). Loop system maximise bus efficiency, press-it is not a necessary.

(C). Loop system allows for short turning of buses where needed.

These addressed in Newton Transport Plan by Loop system and Quay Bus Contraflow.

A city must be allowed to function, by facilitating all elements that use the city, allows business to operate and to cope with the extra buses that are required to meet demand. Disabilities users well catered for. Contraflow self-polices (vital), buses are on the Quay side away from the business side. Quayside is ideal for electric buses, and creates a linear Interchange, for cosey bus terminals and creates the Train Track Travel Effect.  

The Newton Transport Plan takes all these difficulties into account with priority for cyclists. Isolated or ad hoc planning destroys a city, it fails to take in the overall picture. 

By getting the city centre right with Quay Bus Contraflow Loop, the rest of the bus network falls into place, with outer bus orbital Loop systems. 

Orbital routes are very ineffective, it’s an orbital system that makes all the difference. Main flaws with Bus Connects too many buses will be out of position at peak times.

 Balance is important in public transport planning. Users in Enfield have on average one bus an hour, users at Capel St. have forty (40) an hour, set to rise to 70 an hour. They are near the centre, they can walk, get a taxi and they have Luas. This imbalance is also addressed with Quay Bus Contraflow Loop. Balance in public transport doesn’t mean equal number of buses everywhere, it means sufficient buses where needed. 

College Travel. Colleges days must adjust to maximise public transport. College times could be 11 AM until 7 PM with free travel for students who use suitable college times. 

Working day travel. Working day can be adjusted to maximise public transport usage. four-day week situation, the extra day off should rotate.

Transport Aims. To get more to change from car to public transport to combat Climate Change, for more to live at home to alleviate accommodation problems, reduce deaths and accidents on roads. Newton Transport Plan aims to provide better public transport, direct as possible and suit users. Give users a choice, aid car-pooling and car sharing.

Train Usage has greatly improved, new carriages, more connections and Island platforms, this is where passengers can change from one train to another without crossing the rail line or crossing a bridge. This is great for all, especially for users with a disability, users with children or with baggage.

Newton Transport Plan makes it possible for users living on the city’s outskirts, who want to get a train for the countryside, can do so without having to go into the city centre, example users from Lucan area who want to go to Galway or Cork at present they must go into Heuston to get their train, they must go back to Heuston on the home way journey. This makes the travel day long and inconvenient.   

Vehicle Location vital for public transport success and efficiency. Present bus system fails badly in this area with almost two thirds of buses in wrong location at peak times. This problem addressed in Newton Transport Plan with city centre design and choice changing where users have an option. Nobody required to change yet everyone will change when it suits. The big promise that Bus Connects made, buses would be put where needed, they opted for forced changing (in a limited way) and it failed badly, as nobody wants forced changing. Forced changing is very difficult for many groups of users. It’s also very inefficient. Choice Changing or Direct Changing is better solution. Not too late for Bus Connects to change, suit the user to encourage more to use bus. 

Split Trip Usage. New system to maximise bus usage and efficiency and give a balance bus service throughout the network. Very few understand workings of public transport.