I agree that Col Max that DB’s management is the problem. There is zero commercial mentality there. These is simply a lump of people to be moved and an Exchequer to be petitioned every few years once the buses get old. The pay-by-distance fare system has not made sense since they had conductors in the late 1980s and yet still it persists, slowing down every journey by about 20%.
Here is what should happen:
Make a large chunk of DB workforce (drivers but particularly management) redundant. This could be paid for by the sell-off of several depots close to the city which are a monstrously bad use of land
Re-design routes, including axing 50% of stops and no lengthy tours through suburban estates
Mixed fleet including single-decker buses with entry and egress at three doors
Put all out to tender (allowing a hollowed-out DB to bid (
Try to put a ****network **** in place. At the moment there are very few places where you can easily make interchanges between Dart/Luas/DB
Big benefits of private tendering would be a) not using scarce city centre land to park buses on; b) lower wage demands for drivers as their housing costs will be lower; c) better fleet management as private operators use buses at off-peak times for buses, school tours, corporate events, etc.
If only we had someone in charge of all this who had a clear public track record of being quite hostile to the CIÉ group