Metro Dart Advantages (Over 100)

  1. It links up whole rail network in Ireland, benefiting all Dublin and all Ireland. Links all areas that has access to rail and the bus network that links to these rail lines. Direct to Dublin Airport from all areas. Direct Belfast to Cork line.
  2. It can treble number of trains on the network. Number of trains on Dundalk line can go from four an hour to sixteen an hour at peak times. 
  3.  By using standard (Dart) rail gauge makes linking up possible to all areas.
  4. It avoids having to go via the city centre unnecessary. A Swords user going to Malahide, Skerries or Drogheda must go into city to get train back out.
  5. Unnecessary changing, great for users with baggage, with prams, or family. 
  6. Avoids difficulties that could happen with too much changing. 
  7. Avoids difficulties with rail connections, due to train scheduling etc. 
  8. Journeys can be completed faster.
  9. Makes trains almost as good as the car.
  10. Encourages more people to use rail.
  11. Can encourage day tripping mainly for groups, retired and older people.
  12. Facilitates new rail lines with direct access to all areas. Navan Line.
  13. Navan to Drogheda rail line can now use commuter trains.
  14. Disabilities. Users with a disability benefit the most with Metro Dart.
  15. It will reduce car numbers driving to Swords to get Metro Link.
  16. It greatly benefits the wider commuter belt into Dublin.
  17. Stations design (Swords) allows easy access for Local buses to serve stations.
  18. It provides two-way system. All major commuter activities should have two options with rail, if something happen on one, the other is available. Airport and Swords will have two options to the city centre by rail.
  19. It maximises the weak line on rail.  Rail weak line is one least used. In morning peak, weak line is one coming out of Dublin and evening peak the one going in.
  20. Gives access to several parts of city, Heuston, Connolly and Spencer Dock.
  21. It gives multiple choice to commuters.
  22. Train Benefits. Country trains can be used as local trains going through Dublin. They have toilets very important for many people.
  23.  Metro Dart allows Island platforms to be used, very good for changing trains, avoiding having to cross rail tracks, Lifts can often be out of order.
  24. Essential for the extension of the rail network to reduce car movements.
  25. Thru Rail. It creates a new rail system to accommodate the massive number trains that will be used without having to build more stations.
  26. Safety. Better than ever with new change over facilities, Island platforms.
  27. Carrying Capacity. Great for baggage and e-scooters etc.
  28. Construction. It effects very few buildings or housing while been constructed.
  29. Timeline. Can be built relatively quickly.     
  30. Time Duration. If project takes too long to complete obstacles may spring up.
  31. Easy access. It is designed to make it easier for users to access this network. 
  32. Back Travel. It addresses the big problem for many rail users and those who want to use rail. Back Travel is where users who live on the outskirts of the city must go into centre to get train back to the countryside, Example, a Lucan person going to Cork, this is more difficult on way home. This adds greatly to travel time.      
  33. Efficiency. It is so designed to maximise use of the rail network.
  34. Orbital. It is designed in orbital form, to be more effective.
  35. Technology. Its designed for future check-in potential on trains. 
  36. Vital for M50 Dart.
  37. Essential for Motorway rail
  38. Has potential to energises the Docklands.
  39. Ideal to disperse large crowds, at concerts, Croke Park and big events.  
  40. A massive solution for public transport.
  41. It will revolutionise rail use in Ireland.
  42. More areas will want rail.
  43. Will be great for Climate Change.
  44. Less people will need to own a car.
  45. Great for students, more can live at home.
  46. In an over context it is faster to get to destination.
  47. By using existing rail lines an overall plan can be done quicker.
  48. More car movement reduction.
  49. Brings more business to country areas.
  50. Great for tourism.
  51. Great for shared island.
  52. It will have more public support.
  53. It will promote all areas of the Newton Transport Plan.
  54. It improves bus use throughout the country.
  55. Most people get something out of it.
  56. It benefits more areas for house building.
  57. Takes more people directly where they want to go.
  58. More people in business will use it. 
  59. More school tours will avail of it.
  60. Costs. As most of Metro Dart is overground, shorter than any other system, it is far less expensive. Less than two billion at 2024 prices.
  61.  The subsidy cost per user is only a fraction of Metro Link cost.
  62. Carries more passengers (net).
  63. Access for more choices of employment.
  64. When planes must be diverted, direct link to original Airport.
  65.  Better for balanced transport, one of the principles of public transport usage.
  66. Leaves little room for unintended consequences.
  67. No property value increases. No extra advantage over other areas.
  68. Can branch into Baldonnell Airport if required as a Airport. 
  69. Helps contain city sprawl. 
  70. Allows more house building in more areas with transport access.
  71. It spreads out population density more evenly.
  72. It helps our aim to greatly reduce car reduction.
  73. More activities along or near the route.
  74. Ideal for more park/rides.
  75. The layout of Dublin ideal for Metro Dart.
  76. Layout of Ireland is also ideal.
  77. Help keep house prices down. 
  78. It gives people a better choice. 
  79. Metro Dart makes public transport (rail) more attractive.
  80. Less interchanging with Metro Dart makes travel quicker.
  81. Users don’t need to go to the city centre unnecessary.
  82. Doesn’t waste capacity with users near the centre.
  83. Takes very little bus passengers. 
  84. Helps Dundalk and new Northern (when built).
  85. It prevents to many rail lines into Dublin, uses existing ones.
  86. Less disruption during construction.
  87. Dart already very successful, very little complaints.
  88. Will encourage more usage during the day (off peak).
  89. It provides DCU with access from all country areas.
  90. Less costly stations required.
  91. Metro Dart is a metro for all, not the few. 
  92. It reduces the need for too much funding going to Dublin.
  93. More areas will have commercial benefits.
  94. It links with all and proposed Luas lines.
  95. It links up with Bus Connects corridors.
  96. Metro Dart allows four main lines to serve Croke Parke.
  97. Makes Glasnevin available, directly to many parts of Ireland.  
  98. Local activities around the country will flourish because of Metro Dart.
  99. Metro Dart allows country trains to Airport, with different gauge it never happens. 100. No need to build an extra Dart line beside Malahide rail line.
  1. No need to build an extra Dart line beside Malahide rail line.
  2.   Less carriages’ needed with Metro Dart.                                                                                                
  3. Metro Dart is a simple solution.                                                                                                   
  4. It allows us to get public transport right first. 
  5. Facilitates users further out, miles out.
  6. No compulsory purchase required.
  7. Makes the whole rail system in Dublin, Dart.
  8. Metro Dart a way to travel without the car.
  9. Metro Dart helps Newton Transport Plan to achieve 70% car reduction. 
  10. Design can cater for areas when density increases, by higher frequency.
  11. Metro Dart will bring public transport alive, the way to travel in the future.
  12. Dart has been very successful over the past 40 years.
  13. Allows all Dart direct access to their destination.
  14. Allows for Back Usage, user on Malahide line can travel back to Airport.  

10 – Fold Advantage for Swords (Airport)

Metro Dart has a ten-fold advantage for people living in Swords. 1. Two ways to city centre. 2. Direct access North Dublin and areas along Belfast line. 3. Direct access to areas along Malahide line. 4. Direct access to Dun Laoire and Wexford lines. 5.Direct access to Cork and Kildare line. 6. Direct access to areas on Galway line. 7. Direct access to areas on Sligo line. 8. Direct access for Kilkenny line. 9. Swords users don’t have to go into the city to get a train back to Drogheda 10. Direct access to Navan. 

Main Flaws in Public Transport

  1. Radial System. Most via the city centre. Many users go via the city centre and must take another mode of transport back out to destination. This makes the travel long, particularly for long distant commuters. 
  2. Back Tracking. This is where a user goes back a few stops (from city centre) to get a seat. This causes major problems at the city centre bus stop when several users do this. A It denies city users continually from getting a seat.    B. Bus overloads. C Users are passed along the route, left waiting indefinitely.
  3. Back Travel. This is where users must go into the city centre to get a train back out to the countryside.  Example, a user from Lucan to Cork, must go into Heuston Station to get train. On way back the pass Lucan into Heuston and must get a bus or local train back out again making travel day very long. 

There are many more problems in public transport. Waiting is the big dislike for all users, almost all these problems addressed in the Newton Transport Plan.

Principles of Public Transport Usage  

  1. Suitability. Suit the users.
  2. Accessibility. Put vehicles where needed (Buses, Trains, and Luas)
  3. Balance. A successful Public Transport system needs operational balance. If a user lives in Endfield they have on average one bus an hour, if they live near Capel St. Bridge, they have over 40 buses and hour and they will get more.

Transport Options

Median Rail. Is building a rail line on the centre median of a motorway road. It is the most effective, inexpensive, and fast to build as all necessary facilities are already included for the motorway. It is a little more cumbersome if motorway is already built, but far better than a new rail line.

Piecemeal planning undermines many great solutions, they usually fail.