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Unread 11-11-2013, 16:09   #1
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DART Christmas & New Year DART Survey

11 November 2013



In order to plan services over the Christmas and New Year Holidays, Iarnród Éireann is seeking feedback from customers to determine the level of demand for DART services over the public holidays.
Source: http://www.irishrail.ie/cat_news.jsp?i=4949&p=116&n=237
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Unread 11-11-2013, 16:18   #2
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And the dates are all goofed up

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th not 15/16 as in survey

Awaiting update from IE
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Unread 11-11-2013, 17:49   #3
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Nice to see passengers on the Commuter lines in the greater Dublin area are being thought about as per usual

Last time this was experimented solely on the DART line and didnt work out so well.
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They probably should have used this opportunity to get a price range (although I know it is difficult). A lot of people will not use it if they still have to get a taxi when they arrive at their station, as the train fare is set too high.
Agree about the poor treatment of suburban users.
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Costs to operate more than the DART are significant, Maynooth line in particular would need 3 level crossings staffed
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Would be surprised if demand would be high enough to justify extra DART services. They might get some business on the 31th but can't see other dates.

Have they not tried this before?
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It has been tried before, varying levels of success

Annual ticket holders will go for free
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Annual ticket holders will go for free
Never knew that!
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It has been tried before, varying levels of success

Annual ticket holders will go for free
Surely they have already paid
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I'd definitely use a late night Dart if I happened to be out when it was operating, but I certainly could not predict at this stage when I might use it.

I've had no luck in the past catching the nightbus in Dublin as they only stop and a handful of random stops and I don't intend to do research to find out which stop I'd need to walk a couple of miles to. At least with the Dart you know it'll stop at every station.
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Costs to operate more than the DART are significant, Maynooth line in particular would need 3 level crossings staffed
Operating to Drogheda/Dundalk, Wicklow or Kildare would only incur train crew and security costs. On the down side demand would probably be modest and many of the potential users would most likely hold season/annual tickets. A supplementary fare would be needed to offset additional costs.
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Unread 13-11-2013, 06:34   #12
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Would have to staff Heuston, and passengers get to Heuston as IE will not admit to the park tunnel.

DART has the potential demand to make it happen plus least running costs
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Any feedback on how the services went?
Was in town on Sunday night, and not even the nightlinks ran.
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