The first routes covered by this website were the successors to the 19 - the 9 and 68A. The final element missing was the 83 and after two years it has finally been covered. For years the 83 was a southside only route that ran from the City Centre to Kimmage. In 1992 it became the first City imp route which turned around its fortunes. The route went from decline to massive growth, so much so that the minibuses had to be replaced with double-deckers.
In 2003 the route was merged with the northside's 134 and it became a cross-city route operating from Finglas to Kimmage. The 134 itself was a City Imp route that replaced the 34. In 2004 the 83 was extended to the new garage at Harristown and has operated from there since then. The current routing is Harristown - Charlestown - Glasnevin - Phibsborough - City Centre - Rathmines - Kimmage and operates approximately every 15 minutes.
One unique feature of the 83 is the 83A, introduced in 2012. This was in response to complaints from the residents of the Tolka Estate who lost their direct bus service with the end of the 19. The fact that they had to walk less than 500m to the 83 was not enough for them and so once an hour the 83A diverts off the 83 route to serve the estate. If there is one reason to do the 83, it is because of this. However, that being said, it does also serve the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and is the only bus route to use Church Street and Father Mathew Bridge in the City Centre.
Up until 2011 the route was synonymous with high-floor Olympians but since then has been a low-floor operated route. In general it is operated with GTs from Harristown Garage though VGs and SGs do appear from time to time.
On the 2nd March 2015 I travelled on VG 24, operated by Harristown Garage.