The results of a tendering competition for 10% of Dublin Bus routes are due to be announced by the National Transport Authority (NTA) later today.
Two of the 23 routes serve Tallaght while all the others serve outer suburbs of the greater Dublin area. None go into the city centre.
Dublin Bus is said to be among those applying, along with Luas operator Transdev, and several British firms.
The NTA says the process does not amount to privatisation as it retains control of the services, nothing is being sold, and vehicles, routes and fares will not change.
It’s understood unions won’t object to the outcome, having secured guarantees in Labour talks previously.
No Dublin Bus staff will be required to transfer to a new company as growth in passenger numbers means they’re needed where they are.
Among the routes in question are:
- 17 Rialto to Blackrock
- 17a Blanchardstown Centre to Kilbarrack
- 18 Palmerstown(Old Lucan Road)to Sandymount
- 33a Swords to Balbriggan
- 33b Swords to Portrane
- 45a Dún Laoghaire (Rail Station)to Ballywaltrim
- 59 Dún Laoghaire to Mackintosh Park
- 63 Dún Laoghaire to Kilternan
- 75 The Square Tallaght to Dún Laoghaire
- 76 Chapelizod to Tallaght (The Square)
The National Transport Authority previously announced plans to overhaul Dublin’s bus service with a reorganisation of existing routes; the implementation of a cashless payment system; simplification of the fare structure, to allow movement between different transport services without financial penalty; as well as the segregation of buses from general traffic on the busiest routes to and around the city.