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Introducing Glider

Glider is an innovative and ambitious project that will create a new and dynamic public transport system for Belfast. Glider will offer a high quality service providing people with better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges, and entertainment.
 
The Glider system will use high quality rapid transit vehicles which will provide a modern, comfortable environment for passengers in terms of space, security and on-board information. The Glider system will also incorporate high quality halts with easy access to vehicles, real time information systems for easier journey planning and off-vehicle ticketing to speed up the boarding process. The speed, reliability and comfort of the Glider services will provide an attractive alternative to private car use.
 
 
 
 
A Better Public Transport Service
Glider will provide fast and reliable services connecting East and West Belfast, Titanic Quarter and key locations of economic and social activity in the city centre and along the Glider corridors.
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Reduction in journey times
25-30% reduction in public transport journey times
Reliability
Improvement in journey time reliability
Integration
Integration with other forms of transport
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The Glider Service
Glider will provide fast and reliable services connecting East and West Belfast, Titanic Quarter and key locations of economic and social activity in the city centre and along the Glider corridors.
 
It will replace most of the main Metro services on the routes that it serves: Metro 4 in East Belfast and Metro 10 in West Belfast. Some Metro services, which serve destinations off the Glider routes, will continue to use parts of the Glider routes and therefore benefit from the increased bus priority.
 
When Glider comes into operation feeder and/or complementary services will be provided with appropriate interchange facilities and co-ordinated timetables. The interchange facilities will be provided at Dundonald Park & Ride in the East and at Colin Town Centre Transport Hub in the West.
 
 
 
 
 
Glider Routes
The first phase of the Glider network, which is currently being implemented, will link East Belfast, West Belfast and Titanic Quarter via the city centre.

It is the intention to extend the Glider network to other areas of Belfast, subject to the success of phase 1 and the availability of funding. The Department is already engaging with those responsible for proposed developments on potential routes outside the current network to ensure as far as possible that the future provision of Glider to key areas is not prejudiced.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reducing Congestion and Pollutants
With a capacity of around 100 people, the vehicle interiors will be constructed using high quality materials and the engines will utilise the latest hybrid diesel/electric technologies emitting low noise, low vibration and low levels of pollutants.
 
 
100 passengers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vehicle Features
The vehicles will be a key part of the Glider system image. They will have a strong identity and high quality appearance that is easily distinguishable from other public transport vehicles.
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Characteristics
Tram-like appearance and characteristics
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Diesel-electric hybrid engine technology
Capacity
Carrying capacity of around 100 people
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Vehicle Interior
The vehicle interiors will be constructed using high quality materials and the engines will utilise the latest hybrid diesel/electric technologies emitting low noise, low vibration and low levels of pollutants. Glider vehicles will have onboard information screens providing real time journey information and audio visual next halt and destination announcements. Free on-board Wi-Fi will also be provided.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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