Dublin Bus frequency is set to increase by 27% in a new "transformative" redesign by the National Transport Authority (NTA).
Routes and numbers that are decades old are set to be scrapped with a new lettering system set to be introduced. The redesign is set to impact every bus corridor and route in the city.
The upgraded bus system means that some buses are set to run every 4 to 8 minutes, a massive difference to commuters who are waiting up to three-quarters of an hour for their bus on some routes. Routes that do not run through the city will also increase.
The redesign will see there now only being 7 major routes leading directly into the city centre which would run at this greatly increased frequency, while many orbital routes connecting these main routes into town would be created to connect those further away from these main arterial routes.
For example, route O would be a spiral route that would cover the cities canals. For commuters traveling from rural areas routes that surround the M50 will be shortened and made more frequent to link up with major routes.
Some passengers will have to change bus routes to reach the city centre but the NTA promises the frequency on these orbital routes will also be far greater than most current peripheral routes, so journey times into town will, for the majority of people, be decreased.
A new 90-minute fare will allow commuters to change over between buses, DARTS and the Luas. The aim of the updated service is to have over one million people able to use the service within 400 meters of their location every 15 minutes.
The new system is expected to be in place in 2019.