KeepAnEyeOnBob wrote:The tram bus things are unlikely to work, because to make proper use of them you need at least a skeleton cheap version of tram infrastructure. I.e. you need longer bus bays, adaptation of junctions to avoid turning problems, bus lanes, automatic ticketing and ticket spot checks (to allow use of rear doors and avoid queues of people buying/validating tickets on-board).
I can pretty much guarantee that Bus Ã‰ireann are unlikely to do anything beyond use bustrams as higher capacity buses, either through lack of will on their part, or no resources for them to follow through even if they like the idea of the above (admittedly, despite not regarding BÃ‰ that highly, I would suggest they probably would like them to work and would like proper infrastructure, but aren't going to get it). Bustrams would therefore have much longer and more problematic loading/unloading at stops and so will probably result in a degradation of service (although on routes where people are left behind at stops currently they may give people a journey at the expense of travel time overall).
Thanks for clarifying that. Glad to hear it too, Bus trams will not work. If people have rail they will ditch their car for it (or at least many will). Buses, no matter how frequent etc, can never achieve the same level of use. Call it a snob thing or whatever but i think that's a well proven fact the world over that rail/trams attract far more users than bus. I suppose the reliability of journey time and departure time is the key thing.