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ACTION gets a facebook hate group

johnboy 16 July 2009 44

You’re no-one in this town unless you’ve got a hate group on Facebook.

ACTION buses have now joined the reptoid big leagues.

From the group’s description:


    Tired of:
    *Waiting 30 minutes for a bus that never arrives?
    *Being late to work because your bus was late?
    *Leaving early to get to the bus in time and missing it anyway?
    *Not being able to get home after ten o’clock because the buses don’t run anymore?
    *Having your weekend plans delayed because of reduced weekend bus services?
    *Lazy or surly drivers?
    *The ACT Government continually promising to fix the service and NEVER doing anything?
    *Cuts in ACTION services (like the 312, 313, 314 and 315 routes) to your area (especially Tuggeranong)?
    *Buses that are so crowded they can’t take on new passengers?
    Then THIS GROUP IS FOR YOU!!!

Knock yourselves out, just don’t go threatening to burn any houses down.


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Ben_Dover 8:03 am 04 Sep 11

Having been forced to use the bus to commute to work for a month, I actually enjoy the experience and find Action and its drivers give a first rate service.

But hang about here, we are talking about the complaints of a group of people who lead such empty lives that they are prepared to waste the time and energy to join and participate in a hate group on Facebook for A BUS COMPANY!!

If I ever get so sad and uninspiring as to do something like that, please feel free to shoot me.

Innovation 7:59 am 04 Sep 11

….. and I know that bud drivers think that they indicate for a sufficient enough period before pulling into traffic but they regularly don’t (and some don’t indicate at all). People behind need time to react and stop in order to give way. Also, it is a long way from the indicator at the back of the bus to the tiny (and barely visible) indicator on the side of the bus near the front and anyone who has committed to passing often doesn’t have time to see the small indicator and react.

Innovation 7:51 am 04 Sep 11

Granny said :

I have been intensely dissatisfied with one driver and intensely satisfied with others….

I think that I have just worked out why I or any of the other passengers I travel with haven’t been able to put a smile on my bus drivers’ faces…..

Feng 10:03 pm 03 Sep 11

Wow, so many positive comments about ACTION… I wonder how much ACTION is paying for PR on RA haha…

Anyway, ACTION sucks. Plain and simple.

Prospector 8:21 am 24 Jul 09

The ACTION drivers are mostly well motivated people out to deliver the best service they can in often hostile and anarchic conditions on the roads.

Wraith 9:41 am 22 Jul 09

This is great comedy

TP 3000 1:02 am 22 Jul 09

Anna Key said :

My main gripe is that some seem to sit at a bus stop for a while, no-one getting on or off, and then pulling out just as the traffic arrives. Yes I know they have right of way but at 80kph, there’s not a lot of margin for error.

The drivers will sometimes sit at a bus stop when they are running early. Most timing for runs is done by someone in a V6 Car & they add 30 seconds for a few passengers every few stops. But also a few years ago time would of been added due to a bus running late every day. But in 2009, that extra time isn’t always needed. This means that the driver has to either drive along at 40k’s or sit at abus stop for ages. But all this is being fixed at the moment.

Mike Bessenger 10:35 pm 21 Jul 09

After all these years and all those unhappy people these bus things are still around. who’s the muppet?

Anna Key 10:18 pm 21 Jul 09

I have found the drivers at worst cordial and nearly always polite and friendly. When my parents visited from interstate the drivers helped them with the best fares, timetables and routes for their sightseeing (it must have annoyed the hell out of the other passengers). I’ve had drivers make a slight detour to ensure I got home ok whilst in a tired and emotional state, radio to other drivers when I’ve needed to make a transfer (also when in a tired and emotional state).

My main gripe is that some seem to sit at a bus stop for a while, no-one getting on or off, and then pulling out just as the traffic arrives. Yes I know they have right of way but at 80kph, there’s not a lot of margin for error.

Granny 3:34 pm 17 Jul 09

It had to be some sadist that made that rule up, I reckon. I also hate the way they have special lanes so the buses can get in front of all the other traffic and make them go at 40 kmh as well.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:51 pm 17 Jul 09

Ahh, that’s not so good… If the bus pulled out without indicating first as required I wouldn’t be any happier about it myself.

54-11 1:24 pm 17 Jul 09

Of course, Smashed, but I’m talking about forcing their way into traffic. I ride a motorbike, and on one occasion the bus just pulled out when I was part way past, and I had the choice of being hit by the bus, hitting a traffic island, or an emergency stop. Did the latter and made sure the driver knew my displeasure.

My point is that even when buses have the right of way, they should exercise that right safely and courteously – too often they don’t, and then drive slowly holding up other traffic.

Thoroughly Smashed 11:21 am 17 Jul 09

54-11 said :

What really bugs me as a driver is when a bus aggressively pulls out in front of you after making a stop, and then trundle along at 40km/h to maintain their schedule.

Why not just wait for traffic to clear before pushing into traffic?

When re-entering the traffic flow from a kerbside or indented bus bay/stop, buses have right of way.

54-11 11:09 am 17 Jul 09

I gave up riding the buses several years ago, when caught in a snap strike. Use them occasionally but not often.

What really bugs me as a driver is when a bus aggressively pulls out in front of you after making a stop, and then trundle along at 40km/h to maintain their schedule.

Why not just wait for traffic to clear before pushing into traffic?

phototext 10:46 am 17 Jul 09

Finally a reason to join Facebook.

bd84 10:31 pm 16 Jul 09

lol classic. I agree it’s a bit harsh on the drivers, the majority are fine andI’ve never had any problems with any drivers. Generally if you’re not an idiot, you don’t have any problems.

misshelly 9:25 pm 16 Jul 09

Who cares if a bus driver is a bit cranky? Just pay your money and go and sit down… you don’t need to have a 15min chat with them! Not that I think they are… just sayin’…

My biggest gripe about buses is that if you want to somewhere that’s not Civic, Woden, etc… you’re shit outta luck. It would take me 2 1/2 hours to get to work – but 20mins to drive myself. And the buses don’t even run when I finish.

housebound 9:02 pm 16 Jul 09

HandyCap said :

Honestly… since the fare increase (single fares are $3.80), I have been refused change….

If anything, the fare increase has made all the drivers on our route happier and more friendly. One went so far to ask a young mum whether she could be on the return bus in less than 90 minutes, in which case transfer tickets would be enough. And change of a $20 has been no problem.

Ryan 8:27 pm 16 Jul 09

Danman said :

On the biannual occasion that would see me catching a bus, I always seem to have someone who has breakfast billies sit next to me…Peee-ewww

Wow, cool! I didn’t know that John Hargreaves posted here!

Felix the Cat 8:12 pm 16 Jul 09

HandyCap said :

Honestly… since the fare increase (single fares are $3.80), I have been refused change (from $4 and $5 respectively) as the driver has stated “No coins, mate. Sorry!”. I asked him if people turn up with $10 notes and there is no change, would they pay? The answer was “Yes” and receive no change. Very cute….

Handy

WTF? No change! I would be putting my money back in my pocket and sitting pretty until change was forthcoming or driver agreed to waive the fare. Fair enough if someone rocked up with $50 or $100 note but not $4 or $5. I knew there was a reason I didn’t catch buses.

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