Dublin May Opt for BRT Over Rail Expansion

An expansion of Dublin's light rail system (DART) has been put on hold by Ireland's Transport Minister, who is ditching the idea in favor of a bus rapid transit system.

The light rail expansion was expected to connect the suburbs of Tallaght, Clondalkin, Blanchardstown and Dardistown to the city center, stretching 25km. Four new BRT corridors are being considered instead, which Transport Minister Leo Varadkar says is due to lack of funding:

"Yesterday Mr Varadkar said he was keen to explore the use of BRT, if money was available.

'BRT is effectively a Luas [Dublin's light-rail tram system] on wheels which can be delivered at a much lower cost,' he told the Irish Independent.

"It has already been provided successfully in a number of cities, including Cambridge in the UK and Eindhoven in the Netherlands.'"

Thanks to Joel Binkley

Full Story: Rapid bus network for capital

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