dave123 wrote:I don't get it.
They can't run buses, but they propos a luas
ROFL this country is mad I tell you.. A city of 70,000 can manage very well on intergrated bus network.
Galway is simply far too small to warrant such an investment.
here is what should be done.
1) Vastly increase our investment in the bus service of Galway. The bus service of Galway is truly awful, slow and infrequent. An investment of even a fraction of what GLUAS would cost would see a massive improvement in the Bus service.
Also control of the bus services needs to be taken out of the hands of Bus Eireann and given over to an equivalent of Dublin Bus and put under administrative control of the City and County Councils. Work practices need to change radically from the current "sure it will be fine" to a system more like DB.
You need to learn to walk before you can run and I fear that silly talk about a LUAS that wouldn't be built for 30 years will distract from changes which urgently should and can be made today.
2) Of course these cities should plan for LUAS at some future time by now deciding the route, protecting the route, put in place planning designations for high density development along the route, etc.
This is what was done in Dublin with some of the LUAS line routes being planned 30 years ago and it is what has been successfully done in Cork along the commuter rail lines.