jimg wrote:In conclusion, ZÃ¼rich started as car choked city in 1970 much as Dublin did in 1985 with its first commuter electrified rail line. 20 years later they finished their inter-connector and expanded the tram system. Then they rolled out a single ticketing brand for the whole system. Now it has a world class system. There is no reason why Dublin couldn't do the same - it isn't rocket science. This makes me feel optimistic. But then I read about this Luas line F bullshit (and unfortunately most of the RPA's recent proposals) and I feel very pessimistic. This is NOT the way to spend money developing a public transport system.
Thanks for your very insightful post into Zurich v Dublin and public transport. I think Dublin will get there too it just takes so much longer here. Irish Rail have this inter connector plan hatching for so long there is no way they are going to alter it now. I'm not an expert but I'm sure your right the underground section would make more sense through suburban Lucan. But as we here quite often in Dublin these days we are where we are, RPA are pushing ahead with Lucan luas, I'm living here so I can say it is not going to be too disruptive the route that's planned. Having attended the meeting recently in Ballyfermot residents have bigger issues with it there.
It just been going on so long I'm hoping we get a decent public transport service in the next 5-6 years.