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Do you prefer your buses late or early????

By dks00k - 30 March 2011 22

Do any Rioters happen to know if the times listed in ACTION’s bus timetables are proper timing points or just a wild stab in the dark??

I can tolerate a bus that is late. At least I am at the bus stop waiting and, sooner or later, usually sooner, I’m pretty sure the bus will turn up. I may get to where I am going perhaps 5 or 10 minutes late but for me thats no big deal. I will allow myself enough time to cope with such an eventuality.

But one thing that pisses me off are buses that are early. Esp when you need to drop the young bloke off at school at 9am, which gives you a good 5 minutes to walk the 50 yards across the road to the bus stop to catch the bus which is due at 9.04am. Then at 8.59 as you are leaving the school the bus sails by……

wtf??

What’s Your opinion?


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22 Responses to
Do you prefer your buses late or early????
georgesgenitals 6:59 pm 30 Mar 11

I love the buses, they couldn’t be better if they tried.

(That’s right, I’ll never set foot on one with the stinky, unwashed public…)

matt31221 5:16 pm 30 Mar 11

beejay76 said :

I’m pretty sure that there’s a network of spies laid by ACTION. They follow me around, surreptitiously observing my movements. They probably have me bugged as well, so they can hear when I’m about to catch a bus. And then: WHAM! bus comes early. Really, really early if I’ve allowed time. It always comes as I’m on the wrong side of the road and have no way of racing across 4 lanes of traffic to reach it. It happens more than coincidence could allow. I’m sure that’s where their budget is going…

Hmm, I’d be willing to wager that your watch is set 5 minutes slow! 1194, number for the atomic clock…

Jono 4:51 pm 30 Mar 11

beejay76 said :

I’m pretty sure that there’s a network of spies laid by ACTION. They follow me around, surreptitiously observing my movements. They probably have me bugged as well, so they can hear when I’m about to catch a bus. And then: WHAM! bus comes early. Really, really early if I’ve allowed time. It always comes as I’m on the wrong side of the road and have no way of racing across 4 lanes of traffic to reach it. It happens more than coincidence could allow. I’m sure that’s where their budget is going…

I thought it was just me they were after.

My problem these days is that no matter what time I leave the house, the bus always goes past when I’m still 200m away from the stop, so I can watch as it drives merrily on its way without me…

dundle 4:18 pm 30 Mar 11

puggy said :

dundle said :

The timetables do have a disclaimer that the times are approximations…

Which raises the questions, why quote times such as 7:57am? Why not round to the earlier 5 minutes (e.g. 7:55am)?

I wondered that too! It seemed silly to have the disclaimer and the amazingly accurate times. I suppos because distance between listed stops can sometimes be less than 5 minutes and they don’t want to round all of them.

Now I think about it, that disclaimer used to be on the physical stops, I don’t even know if they still include it.

Stevian 3:44 pm 30 Mar 11

It’s a crap shoot whether they show up at all

Davo111 2:18 pm 30 Mar 11

late.

p1 2:12 pm 30 Mar 11

Aenveigh said :

Seriously, can they not pull over and wait a couple of minutes if they get that far ahead!! As dks00k says, eary running is far worse for the hapless passenger than a late one given the gaps between services in Canberra.

Or, they could drive a little slower in those situations. You know, accelerate a little slower from stops, take corners a little slower, etc.

Although this isn’t nessesarily a good idea either, ’cause then if they do hit something that slows them (traffic or whatever), they’ll be suddenly running late and will cop crap for it.

Aenveigh 1:49 pm 30 Mar 11

After complaining about consistent early running, I received formal advice from ACTION that “they advise passengers the bus may arrive up to 5 minutes prior or after the scheduled time”. In other words, we’re not sure when it will turn up, why don’t you try your luck down at the lottery?

Seriously, can they not pull over and wait a couple of minutes if they get that far ahead!! As dks00k says, eary running is far worse for the hapless passenger than a late one given the gaps between services in Canberra.

puggy 1:38 pm 30 Mar 11

dundle said :

The timetables do have a disclaimer that the times are approximations…

Which raises the questions, why quote times such as 7:57am? Why not round to the earlier 5 minutes (e.g. 7:55am)?

dundle 1:06 pm 30 Mar 11

Fuzzy said :

I don’t use the buses with as high a frequency as I used to but I remember a few years ago, the bus drivers were obligated to stop at certain ‘timing points’ (like the local shops/school etc) if they were running early to let the timetable catch up. I guess they don’t do this anymore?

No they still do it and it is REALLY annoying to the passengers on the bus. Unfortunately if your stop happens to be before one of those timing stops though it can still go past early.

What I prefer depends on which situation I’m in. When I’m sitting on the bus I like it to be early and don’t care about missing passengers. When I’m waiting, I’d rather it’s late because I have also seen it sail by ahead of schedule when I’m on the wrong side of the road.

The timetables do have a disclaimer that the times are approximations and you should be at the stop a little earlier. I find the buses are mostly pretty good, but there are odd times when I’ve had a long wait then see a bus randomly and I have no idea if it’s a really late bus or a really early bus.

housebound 12:13 pm 30 Mar 11

I’d be happy if they would just show up.

Fuzzy 12:08 pm 30 Mar 11

Most people allow for a few minutes either side, but 5 mins early isn’t even close to the timetable.

I don’t use the buses with as high a frequency as I used to but I remember a few years ago, the bus drivers were obligated to stop at certain ‘timing points’ (like the local shops/school etc) if they were running early to let the timetable catch up. I guess they don’t do this anymore?

beh1972 11:36 am 30 Mar 11

An early bus is a whole lot worse than one that is late.

This isn’t Europe where another one will come by in ten minutes, it will be 30min at best or an hour. If it is one of the Expresso specials then you are really stuffed, you have to call work and say you will be two hours late stuffing around at two bus interchanges.

I’ve had this happen to me a several times, seems to happen on weekends more. What really makes you crack your biscuit is you are usually within sight of the bus stop when it pulls up 5 minutes early.

beejay76 10:23 am 30 Mar 11

I’m pretty sure that there’s a network of spies laid by ACTION. They follow me around, surreptitiously observing my movements. They probably have me bugged as well, so they can hear when I’m about to catch a bus. And then: WHAM! bus comes early. Really, really early if I’ve allowed time. It always comes as I’m on the wrong side of the road and have no way of racing across 4 lanes of traffic to reach it. It happens more than coincidence could allow. I’m sure that’s where their budget is going…

boobook 10:13 am 30 Mar 11

I call it a good day when the bus shows up at all. On a no-show day, I can tell the bus was not early by the forlorn group of abandoned passengers milling around with me.

Having said that, to answer your question, I don’t mind if the bus shows up a bit early, because I usually allow for that possibility. But I feel your pain when it happens in the circumstances you describe.

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