A new, state-of-the-art bus service will be launched in Dublin’s capital next year, with the aim of connecting more than 1,500 public transport routes.
Dublin City Council announced plans to launch the buses in early 2019, with a number of other cities, including Cork and Kerry, planning to also join the service.
The service, known as the Dublin Bus, will run on a network of 4,000 buses, with capacity to handle more than 8 million passengers daily.
Dubliners will also be able to board buses via the new Dublin Metro Bus, a rail service currently operating between Cork and Limerick.
The new service will cost €200 million ($240 million) to run, with one route costing just €15 million ($17.4 million).
The Dublin Bus is expected to provide a boost to Dublin’s transport infrastructure as the city’s population continues to grow.
It will also provide a platform for a number new businesses, including new businesses to enter the city centre and to offer services like parking, food delivery and bike hire.
There are also plans to make the service more flexible and expand the service to other cities in the south.
The first service is expected in 2019.