Unfortunately 'muddling on' represents the past and current planning process very well. Nevertheless, Dublin announced their new Light Rail network. And opened the Red Line and the Green Line September 28 and June 30, 2004 respectively. So, perhaps it will be 'muddling through', as the tramway will stay an important part of the future network, but metro-like proposals keep turning up.
Luas, the Irish word for 'speed', is the name of the new Light Rail system for Dublin and its suburbs. According to the Light Rail Transit Association, the plans have gone through several phases of revision with much discussion of the merits of street or underground running in the city centre.
of the proposed network have been built (Red and Green, respectively
the former A/C and B). These lines have a mixture of street running,
reserved track and dedicated right-of-way. They are not connected. Other
Light Rail lines are in the planning stage and will be put in to service
perhaps by 2010.
Red Line: from Tallaght to Connolly Station. An extension to the Docks is in the planning stage (however delayed).
Green Line: from Sandyford to St Stephens Green (mostly on the track-bed of a disused railway).
14 additional Citadis 301A vehicles with extra centre sections have been built by Alstom for the Green Line. Length: 40 metres. Capacity: 300 people (80 seats).
The trams (and future Metro cars) are standard gauge, 1435 mm. (4' 8.5") unlike the existing rail lines in Ireland which adhere to the Irish gauge width (5' 3").
Why building and choosing Luas.... and proposing a full Metro at the same time? If you know the answer, like Daniel Crowley (below), please e-mail Lightrail.nl!
"Millions of euro wasted"