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By Graem McQueen, 29 May 2017
Dublin Chamber, the organisation representing businesses in the Greater Dublin Area, has welcomed BusConnects, the NTA plan for new bus corridors and Bus Rapid Transit in the capital city region.
According to the Chamber, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an important short-term solution to mounting traffic congestion in Dublin.
Recently released figures conservatively estimate that traffic congestion in the Greater Dublin Area costs the economy around €350 million a year, a cost that will rise to €2 billion per annum by 2033.
Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said: “The bus corridor and BRT proposals announced today represent a valuable step forward. We have previously highlighted the need for more advanced bus services in Dublin and we are heartened by this commitment. However, ultimately the Government will also need to demonstrate its commitment to longer-term solutions such as DART Underground and Metro North. These large-scale projects will be crucial to ensuring that Dublin can compete globally as a truly modern city with world-class infrastructure.”