Dublin Bus unveils 35m euro high-tech upgrade to vehicles
Thousands more commuters are catching the bus in Dublin with the introduction of new quieter, more fuel efficient and high-tech double decker buses, transport chiefs have said.
New buses also feature free wi-fi and increased safety features as well as bilingual passenger information signs in both the upper and lower saloons announcing the next bus stop.
Officially launching 90 new "high-tech" buses to the Dublin Bus fleet, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said the 35 million euro investment would help boost passenger numbers even more.
"Bus is fast becoming a more attractive public transport option for many users," he said.
"The delivery of 90 new vehicles, equipped with a range of enhanced features, will provide greater comfort and convenience for Dublin Bus customers and will contribute to providing a more sustainable mode of transport, particularly for commuting purposes."
Dublin Bus said its passenger numbers have already increased by 700,000, or 2%, in the first half of this year since the roll-out of the new vehicles.
The buses will replace older vehicles in the fleet and include wheelchair space with separate dedicated spaces for a child's buggy.
They are more environmentally friendly, according to Dublin Bus, consume less fuel and are quieter than older buses.
They were manufactured by Volvo in Sweden as well as the Wrights Group in Ballymena.
The buses will operate on routes 13, 15, 27 and 40.