Aug. 10, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
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DUBLIN BUS HAS confirmed that it has lost a tender to run 10% of the bus routes in the capital.The company had tendered to operate the suburban routes, but has been told by the National Transport Authority (NTA) that it has not been successful.A memo to employees from CEO Ray Coyne, seen by, says that Dublin Bus will engage with the NTA to make sure the transition to the new operators is “smooth”.Coyne goes on to say that passenger numbers are growing and the BusConnects project will see €1 billion put into improving the network.“This commitment to continuously improve our services will ensure we maintain a key role in the development of public bus transport in the city now and in the future.”Routes currently operated by Dublin Bus that are included are the 17 (Rialto – Blackrock), 17A (Kilbarrack to Blanchardstown), 18 (Palmerstown – Sandymount), and the 45a (Dún Laoghaire – Ballywaltrim).While a commercial business will operate the routes, the NTA will retain ownership of the bus fleet and revenue while paying the company a fee.Unions were originally opposed to the plan, with the NBRU and Siptu expressing concerns during the original consultation process.