Below is a map of the proposed expansion of Cork’s transit system on the BusConnects project.
Officials today revealed details of potential new roads that will undergo another round of consultations before they are completed and launched in 2023.
The plan is part of a larger system for Cork, which also includes Luas – Here are the specific introductory stations for that.
Today’s NTA conference said Cork’s new system will bring;
- 36% shorter wait times and more direct routes
- 34% more people will live near frequent service.
- More access – Little Island, Cobh, Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Glanmire, Ballincollig and Blarney are among those areas with new trails.
- “More consistent outline, higher amplitude, more understandable” while also “paving the way for the introduction of Luas in the future.”
- « Simplified » remote system to allow « smooth » switching of buses or to future Luas
How to view the map up close
This is the map to see the proposed new routes, which will undergo a second consultation process in 2022.
Below the image is a second link to view it as a PDF – click it and you will be able to zoom in on your area closely.
If you are having trouble with the PDF file, you can too Try this interactive online map.
Transportation Secretary Eamon Ryan has described the plan as a « milestone » that will make the city more livable and greener.
He said: “BusConnects in Cork will mean increased service and frequency making it easier for everyone to choose public transportation to get around – whether it’s at school, work or anywhere else.
“The introduction of this project will mean that Cork will have a more efficient and frequent service that people can truly count on to meet their transportation needs.”
NTA CEO Anne Graham said: “Cork is a growing city. This brings with it a growing demand for public transportation.
“Through significant investment over recent years, we have seen a 50% growth in public transportation use from 2013 to 2019. However, there is potential to boost services in the future at all.
That’s why, over the past four months, NTA has worked with Cork residents to shape a new bus network that will meet their future needs. Their responses helped inform a draft of the new bus network we’re publishing today as part of BusConnects Cork.
“The proposed network will bring vital improvements in how the bus system is organized. It will see a significant increase in bus services within the Cork metropolitan area as well as the creation of new connections to schools, jobs and public services. A simpler network and fare structure will make it easier to move around Cork City using public transport.”
“We are confident that this new network, along with other changes being introduced through BusConnects Cork, will make public transport travel a convenient and sustainable option for more people across the city.
“We want to hear your views on the new network that has been proposed. By participating in the online consultation process, we can ensure that the final design of the network can support the increase in the number of people using public transport in Cork.”
« It will change the transportation experience dramatically »
Stephen Kent, CEO of Bus Eireann, said: “We are excited and excited about the transformation that BusConnects means for everyone who lives, works, studies and socializes in Cork, for the Cork economy and the environment.
Thinking of ‘the bus’ rather than the ‘car’ positively impacts the quality of life for everyone in Cork, with less congestion, shorter travel times and with a new zero/low-emission fleet also beginning to arrive to meet climate action commitments. The Bus Éireann experience is that increased frequency of services In Cork it quickly leads to an increase in passenger numbers.
The proposed new BusConnects network will dramatically change the public transport experience in Cork and can improve bus services relatively quickly. We look forward to working with NTA to facilitate and deliver this new future of public transportation in Cork over the next two years.”
To participate in the counseling process, visit: https://busconnects.ie/busconnects-cork/.