A journey undertaken on the Dublin Bus route 46A on the 25th October 2014
At long, long last the 46A has been covered by Off The Beaten Track. Ths route has been the elephant in the room for a long time due to its reputation. It is arguable that there is not a more famous route within the Dublin Bus network than this, and therefore that added extra pressure to do the route justice. But the October bank holiday weekend in 2014 marked the 4th anniversary of the passing of Dublin Bus's other most famous route, the 10. And as that was replaced on the northside by the 46A, it seemed as good as time as any to cover the latter route. It is operated by Donnybrook Garage and during the week it operates to 7-8 minute frequency, the best of any route in the city. It also operated by tri-axle Enviro 500s which normally operate M-F. However I travelled on a Saturday and with the DART line shut on the southside, the route was exclusively being operated by VTs that day. It should also be noted the route failed to live up to its reputation on the day I travelled on it as I had to wait 30 minutes between two buses even though the timetable showed a 10 minute frequency. Sometimes reality does not match the legend. The current routing from 2012 is Phoenix Park to Dun Laoghaire via the City Centre and Donnybrook. It really is one of the key routes in the city serving important places such as the Phoenix Park and University College Dublin, and is a well used route.