2016 Review :
As a result of expected fleet expansion, the current Dublin Bus facility at Broadstone is to be re-developed as a full-time depot during 2017. A number of routes based at other locations will transfer to the new garage.
Several new services are to commence in October. Routes 31D, 42D and 70D will operate betweeen Baldoyle, Portmarnock and Dunboyne respectively to Dublin City University. Additional departures will also commence operation on Routes 25D and 84X, plus extra fill-in peak buses along the Ballymun, Finglas, Lucan, Templeogue, Malahide and Harold’s Cross corridors.
The National Transport Authority has expressed a desire to see a re-alignment of some existing bus routes, or the creation of a new local route, in the Clondalkin area to operate in to the Luas stop at Red Cow.
A peak-time variation on Route 68, which will bypass South Circular Road, is to start in October as Xpresso Route 68X.
An extension of Route 27B to Heuston Station is being considered.
Dublin Bus intends to introduce revised schedules for services along the Lucan Road Corridor in the Autumn. As part of this review, Route 26 may be extended.
SG161 (161 D 39450), SG162 (161 D 39451), SG164 (161 D 39454) and SG166 (161 D 39458) have become the first of this year's SG order to be delivered to Dublin Bus.
Dublin Bus has won a contract to supply a shuttle service during planned works on the Red Luas Line in the City Centre. This will run from May to July between Jervis and Point Village. The service will be based at Broadstone Depot from Monday to Friday, using mostly AX buses loaned from Donnybrook and Harristown. On Saturdays and Sundays, the service will use mostly AX types from Phibsboro Garage.
As a result of both fleet and staff expansion during 2016, Dublin Bus expects to be able trial a number of routes on a 24-hour basis. Also planned are new express routes and enhancements to some existing services.
Harristown Garage will be the first to receive this year's batch of new SGs (25), followed by Donnybrook (22). All other depots will receive an allocation averaging 10 to 12.
EV21 (Clontarf), EV49 and EV50 (Summerhill) will be the first of their type to be converted to open-top City Tour buses later this year. A revised livery will also be introduced.
Route 757, the proposed new south-city leg of the Airlink service, is expected to commence during the summer.
An extension of Route 40 to Charlestown is under consideration.
The National Transport Authority has placed an order with Wrightbus for SG 161-270. Delivery is expected to commence from mid-May.
A number of VG type buses are to move from Harristown to Summerhill for conversion to an expanded Airlink Route 747.