Dublin Transport Initiatives
Luas Cross City
Worldwide, light rail transit has become a measure of the revival in public transportation. With around 400 systems running in 50 countries and an additional 260 being built or planned, light rail is being advanced in cities keen to promote more sustainable travel solutions.
Luas Cross City, which launched in December 2017, is an extension of the existing Luas light rail network in Dublin city centre. It offers a fast and reliable modern transport system, links central city business precincts, is expected to increase public transport use in the coming decades and reduces city centre congestion. Additionally, in its environmental impact assessment for the Luas Cross City, Transdev maintained there would be a 17 per cent decline in CO2 emissions in the city centre as more people replace car transport with using the Luas.
Dublin bikes is a public bicycle rental scheme which has been in operation since 2009. At its launch, the scheme used 450 bicycles with 40 stations. Dublin was the 17th city to implement such a scheme, and it was considered one of the most successful bike sharing schemes in the world. More than 25,000 people had applied to take part in the scheme by March 2010. In November 2010, a five-year expansion plan was developed due to the success of the scheme. The plan proposes to increase the number of bikes from 450 to 5,000 and the number of bike stations from 40 to 300. The expansion will be funded differently than the original scheme, most likely through a mix of public and private funding.
A comprehensive review of public transport facilities for the Fingal/North Dublin was undertaken in 2015 to examine medium to long term public transport needs of the region. The study considered a wide range of possible schemes to serve the public transport needs including previously proposed schemes and potential new schemes. Following this, the Authority has recommended that “new Metro North” be developed, running underground from St Stephens Green through Ballymun, under Dublin Airport and through Swords (by-pass), in order to best meet the future transport needs of this rapidly growing region. The Authority has commenced initial work on the design and planning stages of ‘new Metro North’ in collaboration with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), and in line with our Project Management Guidelines (National Transport Authority, 2017).
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