Tuesday 5 June 2007

Ideas for a navigable city

1. Increased funding - Bus Eireann/Government
HIRE more Drivers, BUY more buses, BUILD nicer bus stops, DESIGN route map, PROVIDE route and service information at each stop for that exact stop, SURVEY when the buses do actually arrive and depart and create a correct timetable and MAINTAIN buses

2. Late Night Service - Bus Eireann
INTRODUCE late night services on 3 or 4 of the most popular routes. Double ticket prices to fund this. Such services are already operated in other city's by Bus Eireann

3. Leave O'Connell Street with a bus lane - Limerick City Council
At some point i heard that plans meant that there would be a lane open for transport and emergency services when the street becomes pedestrianised. This wouldn't really affect the pedestrians much and would make alot more sense then the current plan of having the buses run along less populated streets which are narrower and some are questionable whether a bus really could turn onto them and have space for stops along the way.

4. Introduce a City Trolley service - Limerick City Council
3 old fashioned bus type things running loops of the city would be great for the elderly, tourists and just generally getting around the city centre. Cheap fairs and a 15 minute (or less) March through September service would be great. Stopping at all tourist attractions, shopping areas and other popular areas. Could be funded by local Tourism bodies/ advertising/ hotels and chamber of commerce etc.

5. On-Board Spoken Notices
Pre-recorded bits such as:

"Next Stop 'The Crescent Shopping Centre', get off at 'The Crescent Shopping Centre' for The Omniplex Cinema, County Offices and Library and The Crescent Shopping Centre"

"This is 'The Crescent O'Connell Street'"
"Next Stop 'St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle' get off at 'St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle' for main shopping and eating heart of Dooradoyle and Fr. Russell Road residental area" "This is the 304 bus outbound to Raheen"

"This is 'St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle'"
"Next Stop 'Hospital', get off at 'Hospital' for Limerick Regional Hospital and HSE regional services. Also, transfere to commuter services to 'Adare' and 'Rathkeale'.

and so on... all too often people have no idea where to get off, it would really make the whole experience a whole lot easier for those not used to the routes.



foinse said...

It might also be benefitial if the told people how much the bus cost, rather than expecting them to know, all this would take is printing a sticker and placing it by the door as you're getting on.

Seabhcan said...

Yes, Limerick Bus generally assumes clairvoyances as passengers.

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To be honest most other countries already have this. Paris for example is easy to get around because it has all this.

Plus it has city maps at the bus stops.

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