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It is after 7:30 Sunday night in Civic & where is the farkin buses?

By Jono1974 - 10 May 2011 28

I went to visit friends in Sydney and came back by bus. I thought getting in at 7:30 would have thought that there were busses available on my return, I was wrong.  Not only was I wrong but but a couple from the Philippines who had only just migrated to Australia a couple of months ago were wrong.

For the record I had checked the timetable and was under the impression that the last bus from Civic headed out at 7:55.  I met the Phillipino couple at the bus stop and waited with them til well after 08:00 pm. I went out to check that I was indeed at the right bus stop. I came accross a bus on the way to Belco and asked when the next bus to Woden was? Told that there were no more busses to Woden. This was Sunday. The bus driver told me that he had once walked it from Monash to Fadden when he first arrived in the ACT.

Well fortunately I am not a slouch and I had my walking boots on and hoofed it all the way home (Mawson). Two hours later I got home.

In light of this I am wondering if the ACT government is serious about public transport. I notice that the government seems fond of all things Western Sydney (even taking up their AFL team) – I wonder if they have thought that the mayors of Penrith & Campbelltown would allow such a big hole in their public transport services.

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It is after 7:30 Sunday night in Civic & where is the farkin buses?
keepitup 3:24 pm 10 May 11

Stevian said :

Solidarity said :

Simple – They should buy a car.

If they can’t drive a car, they should hire a cab.

When you consider that the Taxi service in Canberra is a abysmal as the bus service (if not more so), that hardly a helpful suggestion. Would you suggest that those you do/cannot drive just stay home and not go anywhere

Stevian sounds like those people that catch a cab once a year . . on New Years Eve . . and then complain that the service is hopeless because they had to wait a while.

eily 3:09 pm 10 May 11

Innovation said :

Surely it wouldn’t cost much to run a bus from Civic to Woden and the Tuggeranong (and not necessarily out to the suburbs) at half hour or even hourly intervals for around three hours on a Sunday night?

I don’t know the cost of taxi fare these days but, even with the flag fall, wouldn’t it be cheaper to get a taxi from Woden or Tuggeranong to the suburb destination than all the way from civic? And why was a bus going to Belco at that time of night if there wasn’t one heading out to the Southside any more?

Agreed. Running just the 900 Belconnen to Tuggeranong til late (10-11pm) would be a good idea. It’s about $20-25 by taxi from Belconnen to Charnwood but $50-70 from Woden. I image taxi trips would cost about the same (and in many cases less) out to the suburbs from their nearest town centre.

Even if ACTION only allowed cash fares, $4 added to the taxi fare would still come in a lot cheaper. Even $10 would be cheaper.

And if ACTION ran it half-hourly or even hourly Friday and Saturday nights as well until 4-5am in the morning or when ever Civic shuts down (if ever) might help stop some of the behaviour problems there now.

Could even be a win win for everybody too: The buses get more patronage. The taxis; while they wouldn’t get as many large fares, would probably get two or three short ones in in the same time and wouldn’t have to make empty runs back to Civic to pick up their next fare.

And people wouldn’t have to hang around in taxi queues waiting, they would know when the bus was leaving. Many would undoubted get home earlier than they do now or (Heaven forbid) they could stay out longer because they know they don’t have an hours plus wait in the taxi queue to look forward to, dodging drunken idiots spoiling for fights.

Bennop 3:06 pm 10 May 11

I would have thought that there are hidden costs associate with putting a bus on the road, that make it a really poor use of money.

-Interchange supervisors
-On call security
-Back end admin
-Workshop staff etc
-Petrol
Not to mention the hourly wage of bus drivers which on a sunday night is a minimum of $52 and hour (assuming double time loading).

All this for 2- 3 people who sometimes make awkward interstate travel plans? Hmmmm.

Innovation 2:02 pm 10 May 11

Surely it wouldn’t cost much to run a bus from Civic to Woden and the Tuggeranong (and not necessarily out to the suburbs) at half hour or even hourly intervals for around three hours on a Sunday night?

I don’t know the cost of taxi fare these days but, even with the flag fall, wouldn’t it be cheaper to get a taxi from Woden or Tuggeranong to the suburb destination than all the way from civic? And why was a bus going to Belco at that time of night if there wasn’t one heading out to the Southside any more?

madscientist 1:47 pm 10 May 11

Solidarity said :

Simple – They should buy a car.

If they can’t drive a car, they should hire a cab.

And moreover, given how expensive cabs are, it’s not really a viable on-going solution.

Watson 12:46 pm 10 May 11

Solidarity said :

Simple – They should buy a car.

If they can’t drive a car, they should hire a cab.

Last Sunday, I returned the rental car I drove from Sydney to Canberra after an overseas holiday to the airport (no Civic rental car offices open on Sundays). I had to hire a car because the bus and plane connections from Sydney to Canberra were far and few between on a Saturday evening.

Anywho, cost me $46 for a cab from the airport to Watson. I paid $90 to rent a car for a day! It only cost me $29 to fill up the car with petrol after driving from Sydney to Canberra!

I commend you for walking that far! I walked from Civic to Narrabundah late one night on ill-fitting shoes because the taxi queue was half a kilometer long (and I’d had enough of vomiting teenagers by then).

Bussie 12:33 pm 10 May 11

On Sundays the last 900 from Civic to Woden and Tuggeranong leaves at 1926. The last one from Civic to Belconnen leaves at 1955.

Conan, the mechanics have lifted their overtime ban after reaching an in-principle agreement with management.

Overheard 12:10 pm 10 May 11

Just checked. Last bus out of Woden on Sunday night is 6:50pm for that part of Kambah, so work backwards for departure for Civic. Not much of a plus for the bus there.

Overheard 12:00 pm 10 May 11

Ridiculous, isn’t it? I got caught by this many, many years ago. On a bus coming back from Sydney that was delayed due to being in an accident. We got back around about the same time as you, and no services out to Kambah. After being on holiday in Qld for a week, the taxi fair to Kambah was not appreciated.

Gawd, just realised that was 23 years ago. Nothing much has changed with availability, he says, not having actually looked up the timetable to check.

Bennop 11:42 am 10 May 11

I think you have to prioritise these things mate.

It sucks that the bus didnt come on time- but it would be pretty expensive to run a service after 8pm on a Sunday in this country town- on the odd chance that someone might turn up.

Action is poorly used by Canberrans as it is- and you are suggesting that we keep that poor use going at the least used time of the week, with all the loadings that that involves.

I think it is more reasonable to get a taxi.

ConanOfCooma 11:21 am 10 May 11

I thought they were striking on weekends?

Stevian 11:10 am 10 May 11

Solidarity said :

Simple – They should buy a car.

If they can’t drive a car, they should hire a cab.

When you consider that the Taxi service in Canberra is a abysmal as the bus service (if not more so), that hardly a helpful suggestion. Would you suggest that those you do/cannot drive just stay home and not go anywhere

sneakers 11:07 am 10 May 11

“In light of this I am wondering if the ACT government is serious about public transport.”

Nope.

Solidarity 10:54 am 10 May 11

Simple – They should buy a car.

If they can’t drive a car, they should hire a cab.

madscientist 10:50 am 10 May 11

That is pretty poor. There should be a 900 service til 11.30pm or so at least on Sunday nights – sure it’ll be poorly patronised, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that there are members of the community who can’t drive, (can’t afford a car, poor eyesight etc. etc.)

Wouldn’t really take much either, probably 3-4 buses for a 30-min service… (although I do get super annoyed with the 30-minute Sunday night service of trams in melbourne!)

Sure, a lot of people are at home on Sunday nights, but what about folk who might be visiting, or need to go to Sunday evening church or something?

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