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Do the buses need to do more?

By johnboy - 8 March 2013 19

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.

Oh wait.

F*** you very much.

Here’s the link to the Action website where they tell us how helpful they are: http://www.action.act.gov.au/news/news_articles/free_travel_for_all_on_monday_11_march

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:

Police and nurses work public holidays. Waitresses and retail workers work public holidays.

But bus drivers and their bosses don’t feel like it. So that’s OK.


Further update: Quite astonishingly we’re now getting hate tweets from the Blue Rapid 300 which appears to be ignorant of the concept of working in shifts.

Or sane communication:

What’s Your opinion?


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19 Responses to
Do the buses need to do more?
Pork Hunt 6:31 pm 08 Mar 13

poetix said :

Picture a new version of Duel with the Blue Rapid chasing a cyclist down Northbourne…

With the bus stopping as required to set down and pick up passengers, then furiously chasing the no bell cyclist through red light cameras…

poetix 6:05 pm 08 Mar 13

Picture a new version of Duel with the Blue Rapid chasing a cyclist down Northbourne…

DrKoresh 6:00 pm 08 Mar 13

Oh wonderful, the folks at action are handling this with great professionalism and aplomb. I wonder if the blue rapid series would have a less sporadic timetable if it weren’t busy flaming journo’s on twitter.

dpm 5:56 pm 08 Mar 13

johnboy said :

What an exciting era when I can get hate tweets from a bus route!

Hahahaha! AWESOME! “Our bus system would work fine if it wasn’t for these pesky Canberra passengers”! Classic, @bluerapid300!

johnboy 5:49 pm 08 Mar 13

What an exciting era when I can get hate tweets from a bus route!

dpm 5:02 pm 08 Mar 13

johnboy said :

Endrey said :

If the original writer of that post gets in touch with fun machine through the band’s facebook page we’ll arrange transport for them.

A Fun Machine based transport solution. Nice one.

I wonder if it’s anything like Scooby’s Mystery machine?!
http://worldcartoontoons.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/scooby-doo-mystery-machine.html#!/2012/06/scooby-doo-mystery-machine.html

That would be a fun machine! Hahaha! πŸ™‚

Endrey 4:19 pm 08 Mar 13

It’s nothing new for us, we’re increasingly filling the vaccuum of state services. Homeless shelter, food for children, etc. In 2011 we invaded Yemen.

johnboy 4:06 pm 08 Mar 13

Endrey said :

If the original writer of that post gets in touch with fun machine through the band’s facebook page we’ll arrange transport for them.

A Fun Machine based transport solution. Nice one.

Endrey 3:50 pm 08 Mar 13

If the original writer of that post gets in touch with fun machine through the band’s facebook page we’ll arrange transport for them.

Thumper 3:48 pm 08 Mar 13

PR fail.

EvanJames 3:39 pm 08 Mar 13

PR death for their social media person. A certain well-regarded restaurant lost a lot of the business from a certain large gov’t department after a comment much like that one was made.

ACTION will never get it right. I’m still amazed that after dropping my car in Hughes for a service, it took 2 hours to get from Hughes to the Airport precinct. Wow.

kyhigh 3:16 pm 08 Mar 13

This is classic (in)Action buses ridiculousness.

Without a car you’re basically screwed if you want to participate in anything in the community (theatre rehearsals for example are often in far out venues). And we all know this isn’t just a public holiday problem.

But you’d think that on the ONE DAY that Canberra has a huge celebration that won’t be repeated for YEARS, they could at the very least run a normal timetable.

Rollersk8r 3:12 pm 08 Mar 13

Is that seriously an official tweet from ACTION saying drivers need a public holiday too?? That is outrageous, truly outrageous, for all the carry on about public transport in this town – and particularly this weekend!!

What – consider driving so they can issue another 1000 parking fines – or do the inspectors need a day off too??

And does the fire brigade etc also need a day off – just let me know now in case my house is burning down…

Barcham 3:07 pm 08 Mar 13

Personally I’d be happy to pay a surcharge on Public Holidays if it meant I got decent bus service.

velvet_mary 3:03 pm 08 Mar 13

Apparently the Centenary celebration organisation need to do less of the events and more of the helping the less priveleged Canberrans actually get there in the first place.

I’d be happy to pay normal bus fares. Just saying.

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