A friend posted this on Facebook and is OK with me reposting here.
Okay, I’ma get ranty.
So it’s the Canberra Centenary celebration this weekend, with a whole pile of events on during the day and evening on Monday (which of course is Canberra Day).
But Monday is a public holiday. Which means public holiday buses.
But wait, Action is helping us out! Free buses all day! Buses from the City around Lake Burley Griffin stopping at various event locations between 11:30am and 8:30pm! Free bus charter to major interchanges between approximately 9pm and 11:15pm after the fireworks!!!
*cough* Really helpful Action. Apparently if I want to get to any events in the evening (which I do, ie Fun Machine at Regatta Point for Canberra Rocks Festival) I can get a bus AN HOUR BEFORE IT STARTS from the city. Cheers. The last bus from my suburb to the city on a Sunday timetable is 6pm. So I can hang around in the city til the last Burley Griffin Loop bus leaves, then hang around for another hour til the actual event.
THEN if I want to get HOME I can get a free shuttle bus to the nearest interchange. Which is obviously really helpful if I actually want to get HOME without walking alone at night from an interchange. Huh.
Thanks Canberra for embracing those of us who can’t afford cars, I’m glad that you have tried so hard to make us feel included in such an important celebration.
Do we need to do away with the idea of public holidays being reduced service days? Certainly we need different timetables for non work days (because we’re not trying to get everyone to the office and home at the same times).
UPDATE: Somewhat in response to this ACTION have announced that they’re lazy:
@dev_dsp Hi! Consider combining driving & cycling: ow.ly/ixJlG. Our drivers & operations team entitled to public holiday too