A trip undertaken on the 92 in January 2009 and on the 90 in March 2012 and April 2013
The route 90 has been one of those routes that has been around for as long as I can remember, and was one of the main bus routes in Dublin I travelled on when I was growing up as it connected the two main railway stations on the city. When the Luas tram system arrived in the early years of the new millenium, it all but wiped out the 90. The Luas Red Line ran from Dublin Connolly to Tallaght via Dublin Heuston, and offered a more consistent and frequent journey time than the 90. The 90 became a morning, peak-hour only service and was extended to the IFSC as well. Its usefulness as another connection between the two stations was highlighted in March 2012 when a fire in a building near Smithfield shut down the Luas line in the city centre for a period. Loadings on the 90 increased at this time and extra buses from other garages were drafted in to cope with the demand. On the 22nd March 2012 I travelled on EV 20 from Connolly to Heuston. The route is operated by Conyngham Road but EV 20 is a Clontarf Bus.
Just over a year later I decided to do the 90 once more, this time when it was its usual regular service, and the Luas line was open. I travelled on AV 359 from Connolly to Heuston and was the only person on the 07:10 departure. The last 90 is at 10:00 from both ends and loadings did pick up between the two times. However, the route does not appear on the RTPI app or boards at bus stops and I did see a number of people waiting at the 145 stop on Aston Quay let a 90 go by, even though it was heading the same way as the 145. Presumably they did not know it stopped there.