I rarely use Action Buses, however on occasion do particularly on weekends.
I find the Red Rapid between Gungahlin and Canberra a great way to get in and out of town.
However the service that runs on the weekend is such an ambiguous winding route that it took me best part of an hour (estimate) to get from the city to Gungahlin last weekend.
From there i needed to sit in the hot sun (i gave up the only shaded seat to an elderly lady) to await the next bus to my part of Nicholls (Gundaroo Rd).
The connection time was an hour.
Once on the bus i noticed it turning into Nudurr Drive (Crace) instead of the usual continuation along Gundaroo towards Belco. I asked the driver what was happening and he said the bus stop near my place is no longer ‘active’ on the weekends.
So, if i want to take the kids to the city on the weekend by bus i need approximately 1.5-2 hours each way, expect little to no sun protection whilst the lengthy connection takes place, and actually my bus stop is no longer active near my house.
You wonder why nobody likes the ACT public transport system?
Why it gets bagged out all the time?
No disrespect to the drivers, the guy the other week dropped me at a non-designated spot when he realised he wasn’t going via my stop – and good on them for having such a good union to bargain EBA conditions, but, really?
Melbourne it ain’t – best public transport in the world. A model for any young city to aspire to.
AT LEAST BRING BACK MY WEEKEND STOP!
And how’s about an infrequent Red Rapid on the weekends for those who get bus-sick from the windy route driven at high speed with heavy braking!!! Or with kids! Or with disabled family members, or just BECAUSE!
Rant ended. See news release below for interest.
TEMPORARY ACTION SERVICE SUSPENSION ON WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2013
Bus services will be disrupted from 9.30 am and there will be no services between 10 am and 2 pm tomorrow (Wednesday 30 October 2013) to allow for an authorised meeting of ACTION drivers and transport officers to discuss their enterprise agreement, James Roncon, Director, Public Transport, announced today.
“The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has requested a meeting of their members to discuss details around ACTION’s enterprise agreement,” Mr Roncon said. “The meeting of up to 650 employees has been scheduled for Wednesday 30 October 2013.
“As a result, bus services will not run between 10 am and 2 pm tomorrow (Wednesday) and there will be disruptions from 9.30 am.
“Morning peak, afternoon peak, school and special needs transport services will not be impacted.
“Notices will be put on display in each of the major bus stations to notify patrons. Staff will also be at the major bus stations on Wednesday reminding people of the disruption to services.”
Mr Roncon said that while the disruption to services is not desirable, the scheduled meeting between the TWU and their members to discuss the enterprise agreement is a positive outcome in the overall bargaining process.
“Negotiations have been taking place in good faith and this is the next step towards reaching agreement and finalisation of the process.
“The intention is to conclude negotiations as quickly as possible for the benefit of everyone involved, including drivers and the general community.”
Mr Roncon apologised for any inconvenience to bus riders.
Bus riders can visit www.action.act.gov.au for service information and updates.