We’ve been honored to work with the National Transport Authority of Ireland on proposed network redesigns for all of the Irish Republic’s major cities: Dublin back in the late 2010s, Cork over the last two years, and now Galway and Limerick. (Waterford is coming next year.) The Galway plan is out now. You can explore it here. You can view the new network map here and compare it to our drawing of the current one, in the same style which is here.
Some key facts:
- 38% more jobs reachable within 30 minutes on weekdays (daytime) for the average resident
- And +43% on Saturdays, +54% on Sundays
- one-third of residents would be within a 5 minute walk of a frequent route, which is nearly double the current number
- nearly one-half of jobs would be within a 5 minute walk of a frequent route, up from 30% on the existing network
- and of course many people are willing to walk more than 5 minutes to reach high frequency service
- More residents and jobs covered by service of any frequency
- More evening and weekend service
- A new 24-hour route (Route 9) across the city
- About 50% more service quantity overall in the bus network.
(US readers are welcome to salivate at the prospect of a transit network expanding by 50% in one go, in a city of only 84,000 people, but that’s where Ireland is in terms of its commitment to public transport. It helps that public transport is funded directly out of the national budget, rather than through separate agencies each managing their own finances.)
We loved the challenges of working in Galway. As in all Irish cities, the geography is hard — not just the narrow streets of the historic core, but the lack of any kind of grid pattern that would suggest an obvious pattern of transit lines. Every bit of the city required a great deal of thought.
We look forward to feedback!