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Get your change ready, as prices are set to increase for passengers of Dublin Bus and Luas services from December 1.

When it comes to Dublin Bus, most fares will not see an increase.

There is no change to fares for shorter journeys or for longer journeys.

However, fares for mid-range journeys are to increase by approximately 5pc.

This increase sees journeys which usually cost €2.05 will now cost €2.15 for those using Leap Cards. 

For those using cash, a mid-range journey usually costing €2.70 will now cost €2.85. 

According to Dublin Bus, 2/3rds of cash customers can beat the increase by moving to Leap Cards. 

Use of Leap Card will be up to 28pc cheaper than cash, according to a statement from Dublin Bus. 

When it comes to Luas commuters, Luas prices will rise by 5pc, bringing them in line with Dublin Bus prices. 

There will also be the introduction of a new €1.00 city centre fare for off peak hours. 

For those who use public transport enough to reach the €40.00 adult or €30.00 student weekly cap, you'll be happy to hear that no change will be made to this cap despite the fare hikes. 

When it comes to Iarnród Éireann, fares are to increase by 1.4pc.

Outside of Dublin, some bus fares will be decreased. 

Galway, Cork and Limerick and will see a decrease in Bus Eireann fares. 

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Commuter chaos continues this morning as transport companies work to repair the damages caused by ex-Hurricane Ophelia.

With Luas services down and lengthy rail delays expected, those travelling for work this morning have been advised to check social media updates before heading off on their journey.

This morning's public transport updates at a glance:

Ianród Éireann

All services return to normal on Tuesday morning with the exception of:

  • Limerick to Balybrophy via Nenagh services cancelled (bus substitution in place).

  • 09:45 Westport to Dublin Heuston cancelled.

Delays of 10-15 minutes on a number of Intercity routes including Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Rosslare expected due to clearing remaining debris off line.

Dublin Bus 

All services operating as normal with the exception of some minor diversions. 

Routes 7d, 59 and 111 are unable to serve Ulverton Road and are using Hyde Road and Castle Park Road.

Route 66 toward Maynooth unable to serve Collinstown.

Luas tickets can be used on Dublin Bus while the Red and Green lines are down.

Bus Éireann 

All services to return to normal, though updates are expected throughout the morning. 

Some delays and cancellations are to be expected due to fallen trees.

You can keep up to date with all the latest information here. 

Luas

No services until further notice. 

The situation is to be reviewed at lunchtime today. 

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Late yesterday evening, Met Éireann extended its Red Weather Warning to the entire country, meaning all schools and many businesses have been forced to close their doors for the day. 

As ex-hurricane Ophelia makes its way across the Atlantic and over the island of Ireland, transport companies across the country are gearing up for a day of disruption and travel chaos. 

This is where we stand so far: 

Luas

Both Red and Green lines are up and running though the company has asked customers to check social media for updates throughout the day. 

Dublin Bus 

As of now, Dublin Bus services are operating as normal, though 'significant disruption' is expected during off-peak times (9.00-18.00), including the possibility of no service during this time. 

Customers have also been warned they may experience delays and disruption on those routes that are in operation. 

Iarnród Éireann 

Train services on DART Intercity and commuter are currently in operation, with the exception of the following routes:

  • Limerick Junction to Waterford

  • Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh 

A speed restriction of 80 kilometres per hour is also in place, resulting in delays of 15 – 30 minutes on the following services:

  • Cork to Dublin

  • Tralee to Cork and Dublin

  • Waterford to Dublin

  • Rosslare Europort to Dublin 

Bus Éireann 

As it stands, all Bus Éireann services nationwide have been cancelled between 5.00 and 14.00 today. More updates are expected later in the morning. 

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Dublin Bus have just introduced one of the most comprehensive Workplace Gender Transition Policy and Guidelines in the country.

The move comes as part of the transport company's Equality, Diversity and Non-Discrimination Strategy and has been devised in consultation with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).

Ireland's Gender Recognition Act was signed into law in 2105, meaning that any individual over the age of 18 can choose their true gender indentity.

According to Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), companies need to be more aware what is happening and Sara Phillips, Chair, TENI said:

“TENI is delighted to work in partnership with Dublin Bus to create one of the most progressive policies on transgender inclusion in the workplace.”

“Dublin Bus is part of the fabric of our capital city and it is encouraging that they both, value their transgender employees and are working towards making Dublin a more trans friendly city.”

The new guidelines include recommendations for employees, managers and HR departments on how to support a fellow employee's transition.

“It may be daunting for an employee to approach their manager in the workplace on this issue. These guidelines were created to help foster dialogue and understanding of trans issues. Just as there are gay, lesbian and bisexual employees in Dublin Bus, there are also employees who are trans,” said Vivienne Kavanagh, Employee Development and Equality Executive.

As one of the largest employers in the country, Dublin Bus is considered to be one of the most progressive in terms of supporting diversity among its workforce.

Commenting on the launch, Ray Coyne, Dublin Bus CEO said “We are committed to managing a workplace that integrates, benefits from, and achieves equality for our diverse employees, as well as promoting an inclusive workplace that celebrates and supports diversity.” 

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Be honest; how many of you find yourselves pleasantly surprised to board a bus, and discover it is being driven by a woman?

If your hand went up, you’re not alone.

Admittedly, there’s still something vaguely thrilling about seeing a woman in the Dublin Bus driving seat, so we sat down with Theresa Lydon who has been traversing the highways and byways of our capital city for more than 30 years.

“I started with Dublin Bus back in 1984,” she tells SHEmazing. “There were very few women drivers back then.”

After explaining that the organisation now employs 98 female bus drivers, 51-year-old Theresa described how she rose through the ranks, and will go down in history as one of Ireland’s first female bus drivers.

“I was a conductor for 11 years before deciding to attend the Dublin Bus driving school in 1995,” Theresa says.

“After six weeks, I was fully qualified and have enjoyed every day since. I have a real sense of pride in my role. I get a kick out of it,” she admits.

Displaying a down to earth sense of humour, Theresa, who has worked the 37, 39, 122 and 220 routes throughout her career, admits that her presence in the driving seat has caused a stir on more than one occasion.

Recalling the moment an elderly man mistook her for a male driver, Theresa remembers: “He goes ‘Thanks very much, sir!’ And then he realised, but sure I didn’t mind in the slightest!”

On her first foray in the driving seat, Theresa remembers a very welcoming public: ”Ah, they didn’t expect to see you, but everyone just goes with the flow. No one really bats an eyelid.”

“Sure, you meet every walk of life in this job. You meet everyone.”

And with Dublin Bus celebrating its 30th birthday this year, there’s no better time for Theresa to reflect on a career which facilitated the collection of dozens of stand-out memories.

 

Celebrating 30 years of Dublin Bus stories #DBLegends #DublinBus30 #DublinLegends #LovinDublin #Dublin

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As a member of her local folk choir in Ballymun, Theresa was once due to perform at a local wedding in addition to being booked to drive the Dublin Bus Wedding Bus.

Proving her many talents, not only did she drive the wedding party to the church,  she sang at the mass with her choir, brought the guests to the reception, and then got them home safely at the end of the night.

From ferrying drunk members of the public to Garda stations during her time on the Nitelink to facilitating the safe arrival of a Christening cake, Theresa’s time in the driving seat has been far from boring.

And it’s no real surprise she sees herself staying with the company until her retirement, saying: ”I get a huge amount of job satisfaction out of the role.  I truly love the job.”

Three cheers to that!

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Major transport companies nationwide have joined forces in the fight against racism.

Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Transdev, Local Link bus services and the taxi industry have launched a campaign aimed at tackling racism on the country's public transport services.

Over the next two weeks, commuters can expect to see posters displaying the message "all made of the same stuff,” popping up on various modes of public transport.

Coordinated by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, this is the biggest anti-racism campaign of its kind in Europe.

Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said: “The Immigrant Council is proud to link up with national transport agencies to promote a message of solidarity and zero tolerance towards racism.”

“The public transport system is the perfect partner as it both serves and represents the cultural diversity in Ireland.”

Approximately one in six Dublin Bus employees are from a migrant background and Anne Graham, Chief Executive of Transport for Ireland, say its diverse workforce helps to provide a  "more diverse and more mature" public transport system.

Anyone who witnesses or experiences racism on Ireland's transport is urged to email stopracism@immigrantcouncil.ie

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Private UK bus firm Go-Ahead has won the contract to operate 10 percent of bus routes in Dublin

The National Transport Authority says the UK company offered the best value for money to run the 23 routes according to Breaking News. 

The company provides 25 percent of London bus services and 7 percent of regional bus services in Britain.

The franchise will have to maintain existing bus services and no Dublin Bus employees will face redundancy.

'This commitment to continuously improve our services will ensure we maintain a key role in the development of public bus transport in the city now and in the future,' NTA CEO Ray Coyne told The Journal. 

These are the affected routes:

17 Rialto to Blackrock

17a Blanchardstown Centre to Kilbarrack

18 Palmerstown(Old Lucan Road)to Sandymount

33a Swords to Balbriggan

33b Swords to Portrane

45a Dún Laoghaire (Rail Station)to Ballywaltrim

59 Dún Laoghaire to Mackintosh Park

63 Dún Laoghaire to Kilternan

75 The Square Tallaght to Dún Laoghaire

76 Chapelizod to Tallaght (The Square)

76a Blanchardstown Centre to Tallaght (The Square)

102 Sutton station to Dublin Airport

04 Clontarf Road (Conquer Hill) to Santry (Shanard Road)

111 Loughlinstown Park to Dún Laoghaire

114 Ticknock to Blackrock Station

161 Dundrum Luas Station to Rockbrook

184 Bray Rail station to Newtownmountkennedy

185 Bray Railstation to Shop River (Enniskerry)

220 Ballymun (Shangan Road) to Lady's Well Road

236 Blanchardstown Centre to Damastown

238 Tyrrelstown to Lady's Well Road

239 Blanchardstown Centre to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

270 Blanchardstown Centre to Dunboyne

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The National Transport Authority will this morning announce a new operator for 10 per cent of Dublin Bus routes.

It's understood that Luas operator Transdev, a number of British companies and Dublin Bus itself have applied for the franchise.

The 23 routes in question all serve suburbs in the greater Dublin area and do not go into the city centre. They include the 185 (Bray – Newtownmountkennedy), the 75 (Dún Laoghaire – Tallaght) and the 220 (Ballymun to Mulhuddart).

Some fear the move may lead to privatisation of some services, however, the NTA have denied this saying that the authority would still own the bus fleet and revenue, but would pay an external operator to run the routes.

Whoever wins the franchise will have to maintain existing bus services and no Dublin Bus employees will face redundancy.

The affected routes:

17 Rialto to Blackrock

17a Blanchardstown Centre to Kilbarrack

18 Palmerstown(Old Lucan Road)to Sandymount

33a Swords to Balbriggan

33b Swords to Portrane

45a Dún Laoghaire (Rail Station)to Ballywaltrim

59 Dún Laoghaire to Mackintosh Park

63 Dún Laoghaire to Kilternan

75 The Square Tallaght to Dún Laoghaire

76 Chapelizod to Tallaght (The Square)

76a Blanchardstown Centre to Tallaght (The Square)

102 Sutton station to Dublin Airport

04 Clontarf Road (Conquer Hill) to Santry (Shanard Road)

111 Loughlinstown Park to Dún Laoghaire

114 Ticknock to Blackrock Station

161 Dundrum Luas Station to Rockbrook

184 Bray Rail station to Newtownmountkennedy

185 Bray Railstation to Shop River (Enniskerry)

220 Ballymun (Shangan Road) to Lady's Well Road

236 Blanchardstown Centre to Damastown

238 Tyrrelstown to Lady's Well Road

239 Blanchardstown Centre to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

270 Blanchardstown Centre to Dunboyne

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People, we are truly living in the future. 

We all know the trials and tribulations of getting on a long Dublin Bus commute, only to look at your phone to realise your battery is about to flat line. No Spotify or Insta scrolling you you, my friend. 

In response the longstanding pleas for charging ports on public transport, it seems that Dublin Bus are stepping up to the plate.

Amazed Twitter user omgDebbie uploaded a picture of the mythical new ports. 

According to The Daily Edge, a new fleet of updated Dublin buses are being rolled out, which have the upgraded feature. 

'This is a further enhancement to improve facilities for our customers,' the public transport service confirmed to the online publication. 

The response to the ports has been mixed, but mostly positive. 

'It's like stepping through the gates of technological heaven,' reads one Twitter response.

'Bets on upstairs ones being the first to be hacked to spread malware,' said another. 

We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for these ports on every journey from now on.

Feature image: Queen Yasmin (omgDebbie) / Twitter

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We obviously have a lot of opinions!

Around 7,000 people have submitted ideas for the redesign of the Dublin Bus network.

The ideas forum went live last month, on June 6, when the NTA published the Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign Choices Report.

 

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The NTA say it's the biggest response that they have ever seen.

NTA chief executive, Anne Graham, said: "We launched this consultation process a month ago, and with 7,000 respondents, the reaction has been very positive.

"A lot of the work we do involves consulting with the public, but we took a different approach this time around and decided to put an online survey at the centre of the process."

 

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"This made it far easier for people to respond to, and I think that has made the world of a difference in terms of the number of members of the travelling public who actually participated in the consultation."

The ideas forum closes on Friday, so there's still time to take the survey here.

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It's always an amazing moment to see all of the rainbow flags flying all over Dublin in honour of Dublin LGBTQ Pride, which culminates this weekend. 

Now, Dublin Bus is getting on board with Pride, and has rebranded some of their buses to reflect this. 

Dublin Bus has decked out some of their vehicles with rainbow stripes. 

The stripes sit alongside the slogan: 'Gen on board with pride.'

The wonderful move comes along with the announcement that a rainbow bus will be featuring in the Pride parade on Saturday June 24.

'We are delighted to support another year of Dublin Pride,' said Dublin Bus Chief Executive, Ray Coyne.

'Our commitment to diversity and inclusion stems from our Equality and Diversity strategy that was first introduced in 2003.'

'We are a diverse workforce serving a diverse community.'

What complete and utter legends. 

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Dublin Bus drivers have voted to strike "in sympathy" with Bus Éireann workers.

The Bus Éireann strike is now in its 20th day, and it looks like commuters will have to face even more travel chaos as the industrial action continues.

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A ballot between Dublin Bus drivers was taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week and saw a 78 per cent vote in favour of striking alongside Bus Éireann.

Solidarity TD Bríd Smith said on Twitter today that it will force the government to "wake up."

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She wrote, "Delighted to hear that Dublin Bus drivers voted by 78 per cent to support Bus Éireann. Might wake up the minister and govt. Up the workers (sic)!"

She also the The Journal that "it's a great show of solidarity among workers."

If a strike was to take place, drivers would need to give seven days notice to the company before the industrial action could go ahead.

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