As I said goodbye to Canberra and stepped off the bus into a new life in Melbourne, I noticed something…working public transport! I still can’t believe how good it is! The buses actually come, for one…
This came after a good few-week stretch of disappointment after disappointment with ACTION. It started at Hawker shops, where I was waiting to catch a bus that came around 5 o’clock. It didn’t come. No shuttle, no word, no nothing – just didn’t show up. A bloke came over and asked me if I was waiting for it, to which I nodded and he said that it hadn’t shown up the day before. To add injury to insult, the next bus came late.
This wasn’t an isolated incident either. I ended up being late for picking up my 9 year old half-brother from after school care after another bus in Dickson didn’t bother to show up. Then later I was almost late for an appointment for the same reason. It was really getting up my nerves. I mean, how many times can you use the same excuse? That’s why excuses have to be fictional, so you can add some variety to them – not the same truth over and over again!
The state of buses in this city really blows my mind. Canberra is a city where public transport should work. It has several well-defined urban centers. It’s basically an ideal bus city! Transport between these urban centers has never been much of a problem, it’s just the suburbs. Why can’t Action just have regular routes through the suburbs to urban centers, from which you can transfer to another, very regular bus going between them? Why is that so hard? There is no reason to have buses that leave 2 bloody minutes after each other, leaving an hour stretch between them. If you have short and sweet routes that go through a few suburbs, terminate at the interchange, are evenly spaced so you don’t have to wait an hour between them and don’t get bogged down in bloody curtin or something when they’re supposed to be in dickson!
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Shame ACTION, shame. I won’t be missing you.