Back when I started this website the third route I covered was the 17 from Rialto to Blackrock. Looking back on that feature now it is clear to see that it was more than inadequate, barely providing any sort of flavour of the route. So it came to pass in August 2015 that I decided to revisit the route and it give it the treatment it deserves.
The current route 17 began as a summer only service designed to bring people from Crumlin and Kimmage to the seaside at Seapoint, near Blackrock. Soon after it became a full route and given the number 17. It is one of the few orbital routes in the city, and the closest it gets to the city centre is at its western terminus of Rialto. From there it serves Kimmage, Crumlin, Terenure, Rathfarnham, Churchtown, Dundrum, Clonskeagh, UCD Belfield and Blackrock. It connects many communities and many routes, with the latter providing some synchronicity along the way. In Kimmage it meets the 18, in Terenure the 15 (and 15A/B) and 16, and in Churchtown the 14. In Terenure it also meets the 9, which in a former life was the 19A. The one bus route it never meets though is the 17A. To find out more about that route, click on the button at the bottom of the page.
When I first travelled on the route in 2010 it was operated by RVs. In fact it was home to Donnybrook RVs right up until their end in 2012. When I revisited the route in 2013, it was mostly operated by AVs from 2000. Like the RVs, most of those AVs are now withdrawn. In 2015 the route is mostly operated by GTs from 2012. These are dual-door buses like the RVs, but not the AVs. Some AVs are still seen on the route. During one of the days I was out, for example, AV 157 was on the 17, and it is due to be withdrawn very soon.
The orbital nature of the 17 makes it a route everyone should do, as it provides a great overview of the city. It also provides a great many number of interchanges with other routes along the way, including that other southern orbital route, 18, in Kimmage. Alternatively, after arriving in Blackrock, one can get the DART north to Sandymount to pick up the 18 and head back west across the city.
On the 15th August I travelled on Donnybrook's GT 3 on route 17.