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Let there be competition!
Member Name: number63
Date: 12/12/00, updated on 12/12/00 (130 review reads)
Advantages: Better than taxis
Disadvantages: See below for a list
Contrary to what others seem to say about Dublin Bus's service, it's not anything as good as it could be. Dublin is unfortunately cursed with bad public transport systems which, despite all the complaints about traffic congestion and air pollution, have improved very little in the past few years, despite substantial increases in the fares.
Disadvantage 1: they're quite expensive. And, unlike, for example, London's buses, the fares vary considerably, so you're unlikely to know exactly how much you have to pay the first time you use one, until you actually get on. And if you don't have the exact change, well, that's your bad luck. You just pay more. They don't give you change: what you get instead is a receipt which can be cashed in at the Dublin Bus offic on O'Connell Street (but really, who can be bothered doing that?). The company makes a great deal of money from that little swindle.
Disadvantage 2: Timetables? What timetables? A perverse sense of humour on the part of some executive has lead to a great number of timetables being removed from bus stops, which means that, even if you're lucky enough to know what bus actually stops there, you won't be able to find out what time it might actually arrive at. Not that they follow the timetables, anyway. A tip for the uninitiated: give yourself at least a half hour more to get to your destination, especially if you live further out. My particular bus service has regular delays of anything up to 45 minutes, for no other reason, it seems, than that the driver wants to read his paper.
Disadvantage 3: Every public transport system in Dublin shuts down at 11:30 pm at the latest, leaving the poor late drinker or clubber to the mercy of the taxis: God help us all. At the weekends, Dublin Bus do put on a night service (for, surprisingly, very expensive fares), but some of these routes are very much to be avoided. Furthermore, as a lot of people in Dublin don
't seem to realise that there's a limit on how much a person can actually drink, you're quite likely to have to negotiate a number of pools of vomit when you want to get off. Not fun.
Dublin Bus can be absolutely infuriating if you have to use them regularly. A visitor might put the extortionate prices and lazy timekeeping down to Oirish idiosyncrasy, but the truth is, they just couldn't be bothered offering a decent service, because it's not as if they have any competitors, is it? So we must put up with it until the government, in their wisdom, see fit to get rid of the company's inefficient moopoly. But I won't hold my breath.
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