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ACTION fail again – Australia Day 2014

By wildturkeycanoe - 24 January 2014 49

So, ACTION has once again failed to deliver anything useful.

We were thinking about going to the big day down at Regatta Point on Sunday, for the shows, displays and fireworks. Instead of driving and having to do the big long walk from Civic to the lake, I found that Action are doing post-show shuttle services to get you home.

Well, guess what, they don’t take you home. The services that start from 9:30PM only take you to one of the main bus interchanges where you will find yourself stranded, because the last bus of the day left around 7:30. After calling Action to clarify if there was any other way to get home, they said no. Okay, parking at the Belconnen mall and driving home from there after the day might be an option, but then you have to pay for the parking as well, $30 if you were to spend all afternoon at the lake plus the bus fare for a family of five = over $60 in total. At this suggestion Action recommended parking somewhere else, like near lake Ginninderra. Sure! I’d love to take my family for a pleasant stroll on Sunday night at 10:30PM, along Emu Bank with all the drunken yobbos and other loons who have been inebriated with Aussie pride. Chan street car park is closed on weekends and who’d want to walk around any of those back streets at that time of night anyway?

The Canberra Center only charges $2 for the entire day on Sundays, so it looks like we will have to drive to the show and not have a drink to celebrate. Party poopers.

Public transport in this town is still pathetic and they wonder why people complain and don’t use it.

What’s Your opinion?


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ACTION fail again – Australia Day 2014
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RB78 11:59 am
24 Jan 14
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Park in the carpark between Swanson Court and the Belconnen Bus Station (it’s literally right next to the station) for free. Catch bus to City (worst case – $22.50 if you pay cash, but only $11.25 if you have my way cards, cheaper again if you top up your card using bpay/autoload)

Seems pretty simple, and you can enjoy a drink or two.

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ML-585 12:08 pm
24 Jan 14
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So park in the Belconnen Park & Ride at Swanson St and catch the bus from Community Bus Station.

Free parking. Problem solved. Next.

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Queen_of_the_Bun 1:22 pm
24 Jan 14
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How about a taxi to and from the Belconnen interchange? Would that compare with the price of parking and still allow you to have a drink to celebrate?

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wildturkeycanoe 3:01 pm
24 Jan 14
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I didn’t know about Swanson Ct, which may help a bit. Still, the bus fare would be $4.50 per adult and $2.20 per child = $15.60 to go one way, as long as the return buses are indeed free. Still have to drive home so drinking isn’t possible.
Why would you park and ride when parking at the Canberra Center is only $2 and you don’t have to pay $15 for bus travel? That $13 easily covers fuel expenses.
The taxi option doesn’t help as it would cost over $22 to get home from the Belconnen interchange.
That, plus the cost of the bus fares to get there makes it $37 for the day.
Driving is still the cheapest option, but if you didn’t have a designated driver, you’d spend your drinking money on getting there and back.

Yes, there are alternatives, but for someone who is catching public transport so they can drink at the event, the government’s bus alternatives leave you short-changed at 10 on a Sunday night.

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Genie 3:07 pm
24 Jan 14
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Park at the pool. It’s FREE !

Why is this an Australia Day fail? Every Sunday has the same problem. If you want to whinge about the lack of ways to get home after a few drinks. Don’t drink !

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astrojax 3:27 pm
24 Jan 14
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wildturkeycanoe said :

I didn’t know about Swanson Ct, which may help a bit. Still, the bus fare would be $4.50 per adult and $2.20 per child = $15.60 to go one way, as long as the return buses are indeed free. Still have to drive home so drinking isn’t possible.
Why would you park and ride when parking at the Canberra Center is only $2 and you don’t have to pay $15 for bus travel? That $13 easily covers fuel expenses.
The taxi option doesn’t help as it would cost over $22 to get home from the Belconnen interchange.
That, plus the cost of the bus fares to get there makes it $37 for the day.
Driving is still the cheapest option, but if you didn’t have a designated driver, you’d spend your drinking money on getting there and back.

Yes, there are alternatives, but for someone who is catching public transport so they can drink at the event, the government’s bus alternatives leave you short-changed at 10 on a Sunday night.

are you sure canberra centre is $2 all day sunday? i’d check that one…

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KB1971 3:28 pm
24 Jan 14
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ML-585 said :

So park in the Belconnen Park & Ride at Swanson St and catch the bus from Community Bus Station.

Free parking. Problem solved. Next.

No, no, we cant do that because we cant then have a massive whinge about our ineptitude to get to an event.

You know Wild Turkey, when I go to the MCG, the trains don’t take me back to where I stay in Coburg, neither do the trams or buses. I have to leg it.

ACTION is a public transport service, not a taxi service, which means you have to put some effort into getting to it. Pay the money for a taxi if you don’t want to drive and stop whinging.

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c_c™ 3:45 pm
24 Jan 14
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Big long walk from Civic to the Lake, you mean a walk of less than 10mins at a moderate pace? Hell I’ve walked from the Triangle to Civic for lunch. No wonder over half of Australians are now overweight.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:35 pm
24 Jan 14
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So much self entitlement.

Sickening.

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wildturkeycanoe 6:15 pm
24 Jan 14
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c_c™ said :

Big long walk from Civic to the Lake, you mean a walk of less than 10mins at a moderate pace? Hell I’ve walked from the Triangle to Civic for lunch. No wonder over half of Australians are now overweight.

Yes, try and walk it in 10 minutes after the event along with the other expected thousands of people trying to get across that wonderfully narrow dual lane pedestrian bridge crossing over Parkes Way, whilst carrying a couple of fold up chairs, an esky bag filled with ice, drinks, warm clothes in case it’s a normal Canberra outing and the temps fall into their teens, the picnic blanket, umbrellas…..dang, it’s just not worth the effort. I think I’ll stay at home.
KB1971 – The point I am trying to make is that the post celebratory buses provide a service that only get you half way and leave you hanging. New year’s eve buses [night rider] got you all the way home, or at least close to it. The post cricket match buses got you to a bus interchange that still had services to get you home. For the government to advertise a service that only does half a job, is pretty ridiculous in my mind. It’s about the same as having free coaches ferry passengers from a sports event in Sydney back to Pheasant’s Nest and leaving them there to hitch hike back to Canberra. Yes, you have all made me aware that there are options, but all these options are a sting in the wallet that affects folks who don’t have high salary PS jobs. I don’t apologize for my rant, because few things in Canberra are free and these spectacular displays are some of the things that below average earners can appreciate. Unfortunately, our infrastructure doesn’t quite go far enough to accommodate your Joe Blow from south Tuggers, or Bill Hill from Forde. When driving your own vehicle to and from an event is cheaper than public transport, the system isn’t doing it’s job properly.

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wildturkeycanoe 6:18 pm
24 Jan 14
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Genie said :

Park at the pool. It’s FREE !

Why is this an Australia Day fail? Every Sunday has the same problem. If you want to whinge about the lack of ways to get home after a few drinks. Don’t drink !

Don’t drink? How un-Australian!
If the event happened to occur on a Friday or Monday night, there wouldn’t be a problem. Sunday, bloody Sunday.

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Totally 1:39 am
25 Jan 14
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KB1971 said :

You know Wild Turkey, when I go to the MCG, the trains don’t take me back to where I stay in Coburg, neither do the trams or buses. I have to leg it.

You would have a train from Richmond or Jolimont to the city, and a train or tram to Coburg. And they would both run until around midnight on a Sunday.

For the public transport in a major city to end at 7.30pm is pathetic.

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KB1971 6:27 am
25 Jan 14
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Totally said :

KB1971 said :

You know Wild Turkey, when I go to the MCG, the trains don’t take me back to where I stay in Coburg, neither do the trams or buses. I have to leg it.

You would have a train from Richmond or Jolimont to the city, and a train or tram to Coburg. And they would both run until around midnight on a Sunday.

For the public transport in a major city to end at 7.30pm is pathetic.

Um yeah…..whats your point?

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Queen_of_the_Bun 9:58 am
25 Jan 14
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wildturkeycanoe said :

c_c™ said :

Big long walk from Civic to the Lake, you mean a walk of less than 10mins at a moderate pace? Hell I’ve walked from the Triangle to Civic for lunch. No wonder over half of Australians are now overweight.

Yes, try and walk it in 10 minutes after the event along with the other expected thousands of people trying to get across that wonderfully narrow dual lane pedestrian bridge crossing over Parkes Way, whilst carrying a couple of fold up chairs, an esky bag filled with ice, drinks, warm clothes in case it’s a normal Canberra outing and the temps fall into their teens, the picnic blanket, umbrellas…..dang, it’s just not worth the effort. I think I’ll stay at home.
KB1971 – The point I am trying to make is that the post celebratory buses provide a service that only get you half way and leave you hanging. New year’s eve buses [night rider] got you all the way home, or at least close to it. The post cricket match buses got you to a bus interchange that still had services to get you home. For the government to advertise a service that only does half a job, is pretty ridiculous in my mind. It’s about the same as having free coaches ferry passengers from a sports event in Sydney back to Pheasant’s Nest and leaving them there to hitch hike back to Canberra. Yes, you have all made me aware that there are options, but all these options are a sting in the wallet that affects folks who don’t have high salary PS jobs. I don’t apologize for my rant, because few things in Canberra are free and these spectacular displays are some of the things that below average earners can appreciate. Unfortunately, our infrastructure doesn’t quite go far enough to accommodate your Joe Blow from south Tuggers, or Bill Hill from Forde. When driving your own vehicle to and from an event is cheaper than public transport, the system isn’t doing it’s job properly.

WTC – if you are making the choice to take an esky and fold-up chairs, how are they supposed to fit on the bus in the first place? Let alone a bus that not only picks you up at your door on the outer northern edge of the city and drops you exactly where you want to be?

I think it’s best you stay home, otherwise we’ll have to listen to you whinging about how crowded it was and how you couldn’t find a spot when you turned up 10 minutes before the fireworks were due to start.

If you’re taking the kids, why would you want to have so much to drink that you couldn’t drive home anyway?

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Sandman 10:35 am
25 Jan 14
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It’s so unfair that Action drivers won’t give up their entire Australia Day in order to run a free service for your cheap inebriated arse to be delivered directly to your door. How dare they.
I suppose if it was an event you weren’t attending and Action had a full service available then you’d probably complain about the cost to taxpayers.

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