More progress on Cherrywood LUAS

Progress continues on the extension of the Green LUAS line from Sandyford to Cherrywood.

Major structures have been in place for at least 18 months, and most tracklaying was done in 2009, but now work is progressing on the overhead electric wiring.  The photos below show the wiring in place at the “Bride’s Glen” stop, in Cherrywood Science & Technology Park, and were taken on Saturday 20th February 2010.

A note: Somewhat confusingly, the “Cherrywood” stop will be in the Tullyvale residential area, while the last stop, actually in the Cherrywood campus, is “Bride’s Glen”.

Much work remains to be done, and I’d estimate empty testing to take place from summer, with an October/November opening date for the line.

Overhead wiring now installed at Bride's Glen terminal stop in Cherrywood

Cherrywood: services to start late 2010.

Buses at Beaumont Hospital

Volvo B6RLE / Wright WV41 on orbital route 104 at Beaumont Hospital

Volvo B6RLE / Wright WV41 on orbital route 104 at Beaumont Hospital

Volvo B9TL/ADL Enviro 400 EV37 loads at Beaumont Hospital on its way to Harristown.

Volvo B9TL/ADL Enviro 400 EV37 loads at Beaumont Hospital on its way to Harristown.

AV238, unable to properly access the stop at the hospital due to illegally parked cars.

AV238, unable to properly access the stop at the hospital due to illegally parked cars.

Throughout most of the day motorists can be seen blocking the bus stops at the hospital and preventing wheelchair accessible buses from accessing the stops, but little action seems to be taken by the hospital authorities.

Throughout most of the day motorists can be seen blocking the bus stops at the hospital and preventing wheelchair accessible buses from accessing the stops, but little action seems to be taken by the hospital authorities.

New interchange approved for Limerick

 

A MODERN two-storey bus station is to built at Parnell Street within two years which will bring the terminus “up to the 21st century” according to a report in The Limerick Leader.
An Bord Pleanala has granted planning permission for the €5.5million redevelopment of Colbert Station, which was was originally refused by Limerick City Council.
According to the Limerick Leader article, the plans will see a new bus station built at the current car parking area to the side of the existing station building. New car parking facilities will be developed where the bus bays are currently.

A landscape garden is planned for the carpark at the front of the station. An internal walkway will also connect the rail and bus station, providing greater ease of access for passengers.

ONE IN TWELVE – VC Heyday

To celebrate the 12th anniversary of the founding of the site, every day during November I’ll be bringing you one of my favourite photos from the past 12 years.

Today’s picture is from 1999, when the VC-class formed the backbone of the Bus Eireann fleet, and the oldest examples were only 5 years old.

Click on any picture for the fullsize version.

VC4 (left) and VC1 at Galway in 1999

VC4 (left) and VC1 at Galway in 1999

The VC class (Volvo B10M Caetano) have been one of the most widely distributed types in the Bus Eireann fleet since the old M-class. Used on everything from Eurolines express and national services to regional and local routes, the VC has got everywhere, and unlike many of the other classes of the 1990s, were owned rather than leased, and thus stayed in the fleet long term.

Now the VCs are slowly cascading onto school work, and thouse which remain in service are more likely to be on rural routes than Expressway.

This shot, taken at Galway in 1999, shows VC4 and VC1, in pretty much original condition, working local and commuter services to the west.

RPA Tenders Structural surveys for LUAS A1 Citywest/Saggart branch

 

The long-awaited building of the spur from the LUAS Red Line, linking the existing line to Citywest and Saggart is coming closer, with the announcment by the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) that they are seeking qualified consultants to perform structural survey work on properties bordering the new line.

The go ahead to construct the line depends on the finalising of a Railway Order, but work such as the surveying can go ahead in the meantime, and starting this process now will reduce the pre-construction wait after the order is granted.

Full details of the RPA tender are below.

 

Title: Luas A1_170 Structural Condition Surveys
Published by: Railway Procurement Agency
Publication Date: 24/10/2008
Application Deadline: 07/11/2008
Notice Deadline Date: 07/11/2008
Notice Deadline Time: 12:00
Notice Type: Tender
Has Documents: Yes
Abstract: RPA now seeks the services of an experienced structural engineering consultant to carry out structural condition surveys of buildings and structures along the Luas line A1 boundary.

Line A1 is a 4.2 km proposed spur to the existing Luas Red Line currently operating between Tallaght and Connolly Station. RPA completed its pre-application consultations with An Bord Pleanála in August 2007 in relation to the proposed line and has submitted a Railway Order Application in December 2007. Following the display period of the draft Railway Order Application, an Oral Hearing was held on the 11 March 2008 in An Bord Pleanála Offices, Marlborough Street and was concluded in one day. The Railway Order, if granted by An Bord Pleanála, will provide the powers necessary to construct, operate and maintain the line, subject to funding confirmation.

Luas Line A1 is the first RPA project for which a Railway Order will be sought under the new statutory framework introduced by the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006

It is RPA’s intention to ensure that all existing buildings / structures and boundaries that may be affected by the Light Rail Works are protected from damage due to these Works. In order to determine the condition of existing buildings / structures and boundaries a condition survey will be carried out along the length of the line.

RPA now seeks the services of an experienced structural engineering consultant to carry out these structural condition surveys.

Evening Buses Withdrawn from Belfield

Route 10 at UCD Belfield

Route 10 at UCD Belfield

 

Dublin Bus has curtailed services on routes 3 and 10 to avoid serving the Belfield campus of University College Dublin after 8.30pm, according to this report on the RTE News website.

The withdrawal of services followed reports of unruly behaviour, mobbing of buses and an alleged attack on an inspector.

 

Minister Dempsey on 2009 Transport Spending

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Transport Minister Noel Dempsey (photo: AllAboutBuses.com)

GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASE
Ministers announce €3.6 billion for Transport (Budget 2009)
  • €1.27 billion on improved Public Transport
  • €2.1 billion on National, Regional and Local Roads
  • €40 million on Road Safety
  • €35m for Aviation Sector and development of Regional Airports
  • €48 million for improved activities of Coast Guard and Maritime Safety
Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey TD, today outlined plans for a €3.6 billion investment package in transport for the coming year following the publication of Budget 2009.
Speaking today Minister Dempsey said; “The €3.6 billion in this year’s transport budget underlines the Government’s continued commitment to investing in key transport infrastructure projects. A word class transport infrastructure is critical to our economy’s competitiveness. This funding will allow me to continue rolling out Transport 21 projects such as Metro North and the new Dart Interconnector, both of which will provide the backbone of an integrated public transport system for Dublin.

With this funding I aim to progress a variety of Transport 21 projects particularly in the area of public transport. Next year I also intend to continue rolling out our major interurban motorways which are now nearing completion.”
Speaking today, Minister of State at the Department of Transport Mr. Noel Ahern TD said; “A total of almost €40 million is being provided by this Government for road safety initiatives in 2009. This level of funding for the Road Safety Authority and the Medical Bureau of Road Safety will solidify the key role these organisations play in implementing the Road Safety Strategy. During the period 1997-2007 for example, we have seen deaths of our roads drop by 30% so this funding will help to augment this welcome downward trend.
The allocation of €48 million to maritime transport and safety will allow us to improve and modernise the Irish Coast Guard and continue to invest in maritime safety.”
The main transport programmes that Budget ‘09 provides for are as follows:
Public Transport – €1.27 billion
This will enable progress on a wide range of projects, including:
  • Luas extensions to Cherrywood, Docklands and Citywest;
  • Planning and enabling works on Metro North;
  • Planning works for the DART Interconnector.
  • Improved bus priority measures in Dublin and the regional cities;
  • The completion of the Middleton rail line
  • Phase 1 of the Western Rail Corridor from Ennis to Athenry;
  • The construction of the Kildare Route project
  • Phase 1 of the Navan rail line;
  • The continuation of Iarnród Éireann’s railway safety programme;
  • The start of the Dublin city centre rail re-signalling programme;
  • Continued roll-out of new railcars on the intercity routes;
Other notable projects that will be continued into 2009 are:
  • The Rural Transport Programme (now operating in every county and will provide more than million passenger journeys in 2009)
  • The Green Schools Programme (targeting 140,000 school kids by providing walking/cycling/public transport alternatives to get to school).
Roads – €2.1 billion
Key national routes will be progressed as planned, specifically:
  • The major inter urban motorway connecting Dublin with Waterford
  • The major inter urban motorway connecting Dublin with Galway
  • The major inter urban motorway connecting Dublin with Limerick
  • The major inter urban motorway connecting Dublin with Cork
  • A dual carriageway road within Northern Ireland transforming access to the North West of the Island.
  • The Atlantic Road corridor
  • The M50 upgrade will be completed.
Over €600 million is being made available to local authorities throughout the country for the upgrade and maintenance of regional and local roads.
Road Safety – €40 million
This funding will be aimed at maintaining the downward trend in road deaths. Deaths on Irish roads have dropped by 30 per cent in the period from 1997 to 2007.
Maritime Transport and Safety – €48 million
This allocation will allow us to improve and modernise the Irish Coast Guard and maritime safety to meet the needs of a 21st century maritime nation.
Regional Airports/Aviation Sector – € 35 million
The Department has made provisions to meet contractual commitments on the various regional airport projects and our share of the cost of the City of Derry Airport development.

Budget 2009 – Transport Spending

Figures released by the irish Government relating to transport spending in 2009.

TRANSPORT

Gross Expenditure for the Department of Transport in 2009 is €3,613 million, a decrease of €160 million (€6 million Current and €154 million Capital) relative to the 2008 forecast outturn. The key policy measures and adjustments associated with these resources in 2009 and later years are as follows:-

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

· capital expenditure of over €900 million is allocated to fund public transport infrastructure. This is about €70 million less than the amount made available in 2008, but it is sufficient for progress on a wide range of projects, including:

Luas extensions to Cherrywood, Docklands and Citywest

improved bus priority measures in Dublin and the regional cities

the completion of the Midleton rail line and phase 1 of the Western Rail Corridor from Ennis to Athenry

the construction of the Kildare Route project and phase 1 of the Navan rail line

the continuation of Iarnród Éireann’s railway safety programme

the start of the Dublin city centre rail re-signalling programme

continued roll-out of new railcars on the intercity routes

planning and enabling works on Metro North, and

planning works for the DART Interconnector;

· in addition, €338 million of current expenditure is provided for the operation of public transport services throughout the country. This is €6 million more than the 2008 provision.

ROADS

· capital expenditure of over €1.4 billion is being made available to the National Roads Authority. This allocation is €157 million less than in 2008, and while progress on some projects will necessarily have to slow down, key national routes will be delivered as planned, specifically:

the major inter urban roads connecting Dublin with the regional cities of Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Cork by end-2010;

the M50 upgrade;

there will also be progress on other key national routes, including the Atlantic Road

Corridor;

· over €600 million is being made available to local authorities throughout the country for the upgrade and maintenance of regional and local roads;

· capital expenditure of €10 million is provided for additional carbon reduction measures to target climate change initiatives in the transport sector;

· as a start to the Government’s commitment to part-fund a dual carriageway road within Northern Ireland transforming access to the North West of the island, a capital provision of €13.5 million is being made available in 2009 towards the planning works for this project;

OTHER

· provision for Regional Airports is reduced by €13 million to €11 million in 2009. Annual provision for capital investment in the regional airports is decided according to estimates of likely drawdowns in the year for specific projects. This can vary from year to year;

· overall, the reduced capital allocation for transport will require some rescheduling of projects. Such decisions will be taken by the Department of Transport and its agencies on a project-by-project basis, taking account of their assessment of priorities within the revised expenditure envelope;

· the impact of the reduced current allocation is being spread across a number of areas and principally involves reduced expenditure on road maintenance.

Minister disputes Patton Flyer claims

Comments in Dail by Transport Minister claim operator applied for licence in 2007, not 2006

Patton Flyer links Dalkey to Dublin Airport

Patton Flyer links Dalkey to Dublin Airport

Further interesting information has emerged in the long-running saga of the Patton Flyer coach service in Dublin, which the Department of Transport says is being run without a licence.

The service, which links Dalkey and Blackrock to Dublin Airport via the Eastlink and the Port Tunnel runs hourly and is seen to be carrying healthy loadings. DoT officials say they reported the operator to the Gardai in August 2007 for operating without a licence, though what action has been taken as a result is unclear.

Back in March, we reported on claims that a very long delay in dealing with a licence application had forced the coach company to start the service without a licence. According to the operator, they had submitted an application in 2006, without reply.

Now recent comments on the record of the Dail (Irish parliment) by Transport Minister Noel Dempsey seem to dispute this version of events, as according to the Minister the operator only applied for the licence in early 2007.

Below is the full text of the minister’s Dail response when questioned.

Apart from the date of the application, this answer is interesting in that it confirms that the reason for the licence not being granted is, as long suspected, the prior application for a licence by Aircoach, whose Greystone to Dublin Airport service only meets the Patton Flyer along part of the route.

 23. Deputy Seán Barrett asked the Minister for Transport  if he will grant a licence to a bus service (details supplied) to operate a scheduled bus service between Dalkey and intermediary points such as Glasthule, Dún Laoghaire and Monkstown with Dublin Airport which are not served by an alternative bus operator; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32450/08]

Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): My Department received an application on the 20 February 2007 from the operator to whom the Deputy refers, for a licence to operate bus passenger services between Dalkey and Dublin Airport. At that time, my Department had on hands a prior application for bus services on a similar route, and in accordance with administrative procedures, applications were dealt with in date order. That prior application was finalised in December 2007 and a licence has issued to that operator for the provision of bus passenger services between Greystones and Dublin Airport.

In the case of the service referred to by the Deputy, on the 16 July 2007 my Department was made aware that the operator concerned had commenced the operation of an unlicensed bus passenger service between Dalkey and Dublin Airport. My Department immediately contacted that company and advised that failure to cease the operation of the service in respect of which a licence had not been issued under the Road Transport Act 1932, is an offence under section 7 of that Act. It is also a prerequisite before the making of an offer of a licence that in accordance with road traffic and safety legislation the applicant provides my Department with Garda approvals for all proposed bus stops along the route and holds a Road Passenger transport Operations Licence.

While there is a strong passenger demand for a service between Dalkey and Dublin Airport, my Department would only be prepared to make an offer of a licence to Patton Flyer if that company demonstrates that it would be prepared to operate in conformity with the law.

2009/10 Dublin bus fleet renewal tender

 

single-decks in the firing line for 2009/10 replacement

Dublin Bus: single-decks in the firing line for 2009/10 replacement

Dublin Bus (Bus Atha Cliath) has tendered for its fleet replacement requirements for the years 2009/2010, and for the first time in 8 years is looking to purchase single-deck buses as well as double-decks.

The company,  operates around 1,170 buses in the greater Dublin Area (GDA) of which all but 74 are double-deck.  No new single-decks have been purchased since 2001.

The fleet replacement tender for 2009/10 (see notice below) calls for up to 200 standard two-axle double-deck buses, up to 100 tree-axle double-deck buses, and up to 50 standard two-axle single-deck midibuses.  The numbers specified do not indicate the total size of the eventual order, which based on past orders is likely to be closer to 100-150 buses in total.

This tender would be for vehicles to be delivered at the end of 2009 and into 2010.

An existing order for 150 double-deck buses for delivery starting this month is already in build at two manufacturers as follows:

50 x Volvo B9TL Wight Eclipse Gemini D/D  (WR1-50)  – first of these off production line and delivery to commence shortly.

50 x Volvo B9TL ADL Enviro 400 D/D (EV51-100) – in production, delivery to commence late october

50 x ADL Enviro 400 Integral D/D (unclassified as yet)  – delivery spring 2009.

Of the 778 double-deck buses put into service in the past 8 years, all but 10 have been on Volvo chassis.

The existing 74-strong single-deck fleet are all Volvo based, with 4 VL-class Volvo B10L Ultras dating from 1997/8,  50 remaining out of a batch of 52 Volvo B6RLE/Wright midibuses from 1999-2001, and 20 Volvo B7L/Wright articulated buses delivered in 2000 and put into service in 2001.

The company has experienced problems with the 52-strong B6RLE midibus fleet, 3 of which have been destroyed by self-ignited fires in the pas few years, and may be looking to replace these buses from 2010 onwards.

The tender is open until November 3rd, and contract awards are not expected to be published intil next year.

 

Title: Supply and Maintenance of Buses
Published by: Dublin Bus / Bus Atha Cliath
Publication Date: 03/10/2008
Application Deadline:
Notice Deadline Date: 03/11/2008
Notice Deadline Time: 12:00
Notice Type: Tender
Has Documents: Yes
Abstract: This contract is for the supply of up to 200 standard twin-axle double deck buses and up to 100 tri-axle double deck buses and up to 50 single deck twin axle midibuses.For each category of vehicle quotations will be required for supply only, and as an option tenderers may also quote for supply together with planned maintenance of the vehicles for periods of 3 and 5 years.
CPV: 34121100, 34121000, 50113000.

Volvo 7700 Hybrid City Bus launched

Volvo 7700 Hybrid

Volvo 7700 hybrid citybus (Volvo)

Volvo 7700 hybrid citybus (Volvo)

VOLVO   PRESS   RELEASE

Market’s first commercially viable

hybrid bus

For the first time there is now a commercially viable hybrid bus on the market, the Volvo 7700 Hybrid. With up to 30% lower fuel consumption and hybrid components from Volvo, bus operators can earn a payback on the extra cost in five to seven years.

The demand for a substantial reduction in fuel consumption within the transportation industry is growing increasingly stronger and for many reasons. One of the most important is the need to reduce CO2 emissions that affect our

climate. Another is the extremely high price of oil and expected increase in the foreseeable future. With lower fuel consumption more, and more environmental friendly, public transportation can be acquired for the same investment.

The Volvo 7700 Hybrid makes an important contribution to an improved environment. The lower fuel consumption reduces the emission of the greenhouse gas CO2 by up to 30%. The diesel engine in the bus is a Euro V

generation engine that meets the EEV standard with regard to emissions. The discharge of particles and nitrous oxides declines by up to 40-50% compared with the diesel version. For customers who choose the optional particle filter, particle emissions will decline substantially.

Hybrid technology has existed for a long time, but despite increased environmental demands it has been too expensive and provided too little fuel savings. This situation changes with the advent of the Volvo 7700 Hybrid.

Volvo 7700 hybride citybus (rear)  - photo by Volvo Bus

Volvo 7700 hybride citybus (rear) - photo by Volvo Bus

Large volumes

Volvo has chosen to develop a parallel hybrid with a technology that will be used in buses as well as trucks and construction equipment within the Group. Long term, this will involve larger volumes, which reduces costs.

Volvo’s hybrid concept is called I-SAM and comprises a combined start motor, electric motor, generator and an electronic control unit. I-SAM works together with a diesel engine and Volvo’s acclaimed I-shift gearbox. In addition, a lithium-ion battery is used that is charged during braking via the electric motor/generator. This battery then provides energy to the electric motor for drive power.

Volvo 7700 hybrid engine (Volvo Bus)

Volvo 7700 hybrid engine (Volvo Bus)

As a parallel hybrid, the bus can be powered by the electric motor or the diesel engine independently and well as by both engines simultaneously. As a result, the bus could be equipped with a smaller, 5-liter diesel engine compared with the 9-liter engine in the diesel version of the Volvo 7700. The bus’s performance is enhanced, but fuel consumption is reduced.

“Another major benefit with Volvo’s hybrid technology is that the diesel engine will be turned off at bus stops and traffic lights,” says Maurice Brown, Volvo Bus’s product manager for city buses in Europe. “The bus starts moving driven by the electric motor and when the bus reaches 15-20 kph, the diesel engine starts up automatically feeding in the mechanical power until driven by the diesel engine only.”

This solution is a major benefit for the environment in cities. Passengers, pedestrians and fellow road-users, are spared from noise and exhaust fumes.

Wide range of uses

Hybrid technology is well suited for vehicles with many starts and stops, perfect for buses in heavy city traffic. The advantage with the parallel hybrid technology, that Volvo has chosen, is that the buses also operate well in suburban traffic with less frequent halts at bus stops. The reason is the mechanical coupling between the diesel engine and the driveshaft. With this, the inefficiency in converting from mechanical power to electrical and back again is avoided.

“It is highly important for our customers that the buses also save fuel outside the most densely populated areas,” says Maurice Brown. “Many of the large operators need to move the bus around to different areas during the bus’s lifetime and this does not work with a technology that is suited only for the most extreme city traffic.”

A significant reason for the fuel savings being so large as up to 30% in Volvo’s hybrid bus is that all hybrid components are developed by Volvo.

“A common approach earlier was that bus manufacturers purchased hybrid components externally and attempted to adapt them to their own bus, but this is difficult,” relates Maurice Brown. “Since we developed the components internally, we have been able to integrate the new technology with both the engine’s and the bus’s other energy usage and thereby optimize the bus’s fuel consumption fully. At the same time we could ensure very high reliability.”

Electric-powered doors

The electrification of many of the support systems also contributes to the substantial fuel savings. Instead of loading the diesel engine, the system is powered by recovered braking energy. The door-opening function is powered electrically as well as the air compressor, the air-conditioning and power steering.

Volvo Bus calculates that the new hybrid bus has the same lifetime as the comparable diesel bus. Maintenance of the bus is carried out in the same manner as with the diesel buses and in certain cases the maintenance requirement is even less.

“The electric motor/generator is so powerful that that it will often stop the bus itself. Wear on the wheel brakes will decline, resulting, for example, in longer intervals between replacement of the brake linings,” says Maurice Brown.

Carry more passengers

With many of today’s hybrid solutions, the bus becomes substantially heavier and, consequently, can carry fewer passengers. It is the opposite with the Volvo 7700 Hybrid. The bus weights only 100 kilograms more than a diesel version. As a result of the batteries being placed on the roof forward of the front axle, the bus gains a weight distribution whereby it can carry up to seven more passengers than its diesel counterpart.

Volvo Bus was not required to compromise on passenger space to gain space for the hybrid technology. The hybrid driveline does not require any more space than the standard driveline and sits in the same location. This means that the number of passenger seats is the same. Precisely as with the Volvo 7700, a smooth flow of passengers through the bus is facilitated due to the broad center aisle, completely level floor and wide doors.

The Volvo 7700 Hybrid features its own exterior profile compared with the diesel version. The roof line and rear-end of the bus have smooth, sweeping lines commensurate with the hybrid technology’s contribution to a cleaner environment.

The pre-series buses will be delivered to customers during 2009, while mass production begins in early 2010.

Belarmine Buses

Belarmine, close to Stepaside has finally got a decent all-day bus service with the arrival of the Dublin Bus 47 route, linking in with the frequent Stillorgan QBC.

AV328 seen at the terminus deep within the Belarmine estate. The service is operated as a fully lowfloor route with Volvo B7TL ALX400s.

AV328 seen at the terminus deep within the Belarmine estate. The service is operated as a fully lowfloor route with Volvo B7TL ALX400s.

RV585 arriving on the evening direct service from Dublin city - route 117.

RV585 arriving on the evening direct service from Dublin city - route 117.

Stops in Belarmine have been correctly dressed with the new timetables, and planning permission for shelters is being sought.

Stops in Belarmine have been correctly dressed with the new timetables, and planning permission for shelters is being sought.

New Bus Stop Database for Dublin Bus

PRESS RELEASE FILE

Dublin Bus Goes Live with New Bus Stop System based on eSpatial’s iSMART®
June 27, 2008

Company: eSpatial
Industry: Local Government, GIS Software Products, Geospatial Technology
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland, June 27th, eSpatial, a global enterprise geospatial software and technology company today announced that Dublin Bus, the major public transport provider in the greater Dublin Area, Ireland, has gone live with a new Bus Stop Database system based on the eSpatial iSMART® product suite. The transport company will use the system internally for the data capture, analysis, storage and maintenance of bus-stop information.

Built using eSpatial’s award winning iSMART® technology, the new Bus Stop System (BSS) modernises the processing of bus stop information (information that was previously held in disparate spreadsheets and databases) and enables selected personnel to capture and update of associated bus stop data, bus route information and journey patterns In addition to reference information held in text form, the system holds photographs, GPS co-ordinates and relevant documents associated with Dublin bus stops. The mapping component, based on iSMART, enables users to capture, view and query data in a seamless manner, all from a standard web browser. A planned AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) system will also utilise the information contained within the database.

This is a server centric, integrated system in a standard non-proprietary environment; having a single instance of all attribute, mapping and data stored in an Oracle Database. BSS is built using Oracle 10g Application Server and Oracle 10g. Oracle provides the capability to store spatial data is increasingly becoming the de facto standard for spatial data storage within the GIS industry. eSpatial is at the forefront of delivering sophisticated and powerful applications on this platform.

John Caulfield, Solutions Director, Oracle Ireland said “iSMART, together with the Oracle database, offers Dublin Bus a low cost, multi-user, web application including viewing, editing, analysis and management of its data and we’re delighted to see the Dublin Bus Mapping Solution go live.”

Donal Keating, Dublin Bus Manager Operations Support, “Dublin Bus is excited about the new Bus Stop System built by eSpatial, a global GIS software and technology company, headquartered here in Dublin. We’re particularly pleased with the asset management capabilities this system provides us with, in addition, as everything is now web-based, there is excellent return on investment.”

Philip O’Doherty, eSpatial CEO added, “We’re proud to deliver this solution to Dublin Bus and the capabilities in this application further establishes eSpatial as a market leader in providing on-line mapping and location applications that support and integrate with real-world internal and external business systems.”

About eSpatial
eSpatial is a global software and consulting company specializing in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and Location Services. eSpatial leverages ten years of Oracle Spatial experience to deliver sophisticated and powerful web applications. We have a consistent track record of cost-effective solutions that deliver significant return on investment for our customers. iSMART®, our award winning software suite, is the most comprehensive solution to complement Oracle’s Spatial technology platform and is fast becoming the first choice for Oracle Spatial. eSpatial enables customers to realize the potential in on-line mapping and location applications that support and integrate with real-world internal and external business systems. We have a global partner and customer-base that is growing rapidly. This is testament to our commitment to flexibility and responsiveness in ensuring faster time to market for enterprise grade system deployment.