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Thirty years serving the city

Friday, 11th August, 2017 6:00pm
Thirty years serving the city

Some of Dublin Bus’ longest serving employees, David Byrne (joined 1973), Craig Shearer (joined 1984), Sean Hyland (joined 1983), Theresa Lydon (joined 1984), Des O’Toole, (joined 1975 and Ciaran Keogh (joined 2001) gather to celebrate the anniversary. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW

Thirty years serving the city

Some of Dublin Bus’ longest serving employees, David Byrne (joined 1973), Craig Shearer (joined 1984), Sean Hyland (joined 1983), Theresa Lydon (joined 1984), Des O’Toole, (joined 1975 and Ciaran Keogh (joined 2001) gather to celebrate the anniversary. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW

DUBLIN Bus is marking 30 years of being at the heart of the capital with the launch of its ‘Dublin Legends: Celebrating 30 Years of Dublin Bus Stories’ campaign.

The company’s workforce of over 3,500 has been committed to getting Dubliners to where they need to be since 1987 and are best positioned to chronicle everyday Dublin life.

The campaign features favourite memories and stories of some of its longest serving employees from down through the years which will be featured in outdoor, digital and radio advertising.

One of Dublin’s most famous sons, Damien Dempsey, is lending his voice to the campaign.

Many of these stories have become legend, including that of trailblazer and bus driver Big Tom.

He became the unofficial Mayor of Ballyfermot, who earned the respect of the whole community by organising day trips for the youths of the inner city, bringing them on the bus to parts of the city they’d never seen.

Another legend was Ethel from Bray who lived beside the Route 45a terminus and was known for bringing the drivers cups of tea and a biscuit.

She was also known for her strange choice of pet, a seagull named Maureen. 

The big freeze during the winter of 2010 could have seen many stranded but 95 per cent of Dublin Bus services remained running at the time, allowing many Dubliners to get around.

These includes the older people of Sean McDermott Street who were able to get to their annual dinner dance and home again safely.

Then there was the time a bunny magically appeared on Route 16 one day in 1989.

No one knows where it came from, but the good people of the Dublin Bus Lost Property office managed to find him a new home.

Dublin Bus was established on February 2, 1987 when it was split from the Córas Iompair Éireann.

A lot has happened since 1987, during which the company has hit some significant milestones.

Dublin Bus is now Ireland’s largest public transport provider and in 2017 it will carry over 130 million customers. 

It has been established that Dublin Bus is vital to the continued growth of the city’s economy.

A whopping majority (61 per cent) of all shopping trips into Dublin city centre are taken on a bus, and its customers account for 39 per cent of all retail spend in Dublin city. 

We all remember the green Bombardier buses back in the 1980s and 1990s, then the city imps and even the bendy buses of the early noughties.

Today Dublin Bus’ top of the range fleet of 987 buses is housed in seven depots  in Dublin (Clontarf, Conyngham Road, Donnybrook, Harristown, Phibsborough, Ringsend and Summerhill) and travel on 113 routes, including 19 high-frequency cross-city routes.

In 2000, it committed to purchasing only low floor wheelchair accessible buses and by 2012 the fleet became 100 per cent low-floor accessible.

Dublin Bus committed to equality, diversity and inclusiveness with its first Equality Officer appointed in 2001. 

In 2003 the Community Spirit Awards were launched and to date grants have been given to over 1,800 local voluntary and community groups to help nurture and develop community spirit around the Greater Dublin Area.

In 2007 the Travel Assistance Scheme was launched and has helped over 1,000 people with reduced mobility to use the bus.

In 2011 the free Dublin Bus app was launched so that customers could have Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) at their fingertips.

It has been downloaded 1.5 million times since.

In 2014 paternity leave was extended to all employees, whether in a heterosexual or same sex relationship.

In 2016, for the very first time, an all-women class of new drivers graduated from its dedicated training centre.

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