I LEARNED today that my bus route to work is ceasing completely on Sunday. Brilliant. Aside from the reasons I'll go into shortly it is completely ludicrous to cut public transport. According to the powers that be no one took the bus. Well as a daily user of the route that is nonsense. Fair enough that isn't a busy route, but it is busy in the mornings.
Aside from that it is a route that goes down Oxmantown Road and invaluable to many of the elderly residents that live in the area. Course I suppose their voice doesn't matter as they will hold bus passes and generating no income.
I understand it is a quiet route for most of the day but what was stopping Dublin Bus from scheduling a morning service and maybe one or two during the day so the older people in my community can get their pensions and shopping.
It is a service that more could have been made of, such as actually advertising where the bus is going. In the 18 months I have lived here I have never once seen the bus properly labelled (is that right) as to its destination, other than Dunard. I don't even know where Dunard is, but it is the start of the route as it goes into town. So many people let the bus go by as it doesn't say it is going into town.
It's also really annoying that we the customers were given two days notice, nice. While this has been mooted and I did, as I said earlier, hear reports that Dublin Bus were adamant that the 172 had no passengers and would go, know it was probably inevitable, still I am peeved. Nevermind the fact that as a daily user of this route it is not empty, far from it unless you count a full bottom deck and some people on the top deck as empty.
Even more annoying, even though the route doesn't stop until Sunday, the timetable is no longer available on their website, you are redirected to one of the Blanchardstown routes.
Maybe the answer is to get a car, yaeh, get more people off public transport and into cars.
Sorry I doubled up on my 365 but there you go, or there goes my bus.