Dublin Bus starts new 24-hour bus route between Ongar and UCD
Transport company now operates three 24-hour routes in capital
Ray Coyne of Dublin Bus and Anne Graham of the National Transport Authority at Thursday’s announcement of the new 24-hour service for Route 39a. Photograph: Maxwells
The 39a will now run 24 hours, seven days a week with one every 30 minutes between 11.30pm and 5am. The 15 and 41 bus routes have been operating 24 hours since December 2019.
There will also be “significant improvements” across seven bus routes (1, 9, 13, 14, 39, 40 and 83), Dublin Bus said on Thursday.
“The new service improvements, which include an additional 824 departures per week, are as a result of a €4.9 million investment, provided by the National Transport Authority (NTA),” it said.
The funding was made available through the Government’s July stimulus plan and will lead to the creation of 80 additional jobs.
Dublin Bus said the 24-hour services facilitate increasing employment in the night-time economy as businesses expand their opening hours, create 24 hour airport links and reduce night-time carbon emissions by encouraging people to take the bus as opposed to travelling by car.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said as Ireland looks forward to a post-Covid future, “it is important that we resource our public transport system for the recovery”.
“These new services will give passengers more choices and more flexibility and will also see the creation of 80 new jobs,” he said.
Anne Graham, chief executive of the National Transport Authority, said the manner in which Dublin functions as a city has shifted and “it is no longer the case that the city shuts down at 11 or 12 at night”.
“We believe that enhancement like these, along with the revised bus network in Dublin, and the investment in our bus corridor infrastructure under BusConnects, will bring about the kind of improvements that people expect in a modern city,” she said.
Ray Coyne, chief executive of Dublin Bus, said “our public transport service must reflect the changing needs of customers and these changes will bring the many benefits of public transport to even more people and businesses including mobility, safety, sustainability and inclusion.”