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Securing financing is a major problem. Would probably be some kind of (regional?) income tax. That's how the Paris region does it, I think.

But the biggest battle will be getting the requisite space on the streets. Bus-only lanes with proper separation/enforcement induce major rage in car drivers. All rationality goes out the window when people try to repurpose some car lanes or parking spaces. Expect all kinds of attempts to kill the efficiency of such bus lanes by a thousand cuts.

There is also a scalability issue. The most successful bus lines would have to be converted to rail pretty quickly, within a decade or two. Then why not build it as separated rail lines in the first place?

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 07:00:39 PM EST
I think trains for the countryside powered by networked solar energy farms and panels next to the tracks. Electric jitneys for the last mile callable by app.
For cities trams are best, we probably have the tech to bury the cabling, (which looked a bit dodgy back in the day.)
Electric single and double seater runabouts rentable by the day with stacked underground parking lots, no more need for private vehicles at all, leaving streets flowing and easily navigable by pedestrians. They could drive themselves back to the recharge base after use.  
All engines governed by speed limit sensors, and all external surfaces coated in multilayer foam rubber to minimise damage if someone walks in front of (or drives into) your car.
While we're at it, let's do international droneports for sky travel, no need for lengthy runways that way.
All buildings should be clad in solar panels to juice all this to-ing and fro-ing.
A lot more of us will be working at home by then, shovelling and crunching Big Data, maybe coding robo-software on UBI, hoping to get lucky and win a new disruptor jackpot prize.
Travel as we knew it may go out of style as virtuality comes to you, the world looks more the same all over, and tourism is now more located around the Van Allen belt.
Ah, better now, back to Brexit.

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 07:45:04 PM EST
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Dublin Bus is a semi-state company which gets a state subvention to supplement fare income. It would need capital subventions to cover cost of additional new buses and to cover operating expenses. This would probably be central government funded as their isn't much local/regional devolution of power in Ireland.

For ideological/competition reasons new routes/additional frequencies would probably have to be put out to tender to Dublin Bus and independent commercial bus companies who would be paid by passenger mile or some such formula or a set price per bus per route.

There are quite a few bus lanes in Dublin already although some streets are simply too narrow to accommodate them. Car drivers moan some are barely used, so an increase in utilisation would be welcomed especially if it resulted in a reduction in car traffic congestion.

There are some tram routes (Luas) and light rail routes (Dart) in Dublin and some extensions are planned. However the capital costs of extensions are horrendous and only cover a relatively small proportion of the city.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 11:58:31 PM EST
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