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Life without buses

By johnboy - 25 June 2010 65

So today, thanks to the fight between ACTION management and their militant drivers, we get a taste of what life would be like if the ACT didn’t spend millions on public transport.

How does your life today compare with other days?

What’s Your opinion?


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Life without buses
JessP 10:27 am 25 Jun 10

Interestingly a lot of people at Woden parked in the Park -n-Ride bit of the carpark with their Park-n-Ride vouchers….highly suss..Could it be that they really don’t travel to the City or whereever they just get the vucher to park here for free?

Disposable 10:26 am 25 Jun 10

I saw a few people riding around on really ancient push bikes. The riders themselves looked just as rusty.

forgoodnessake 10:14 am 25 Jun 10

Well quite clearly there were A LOT of people on the road today who do not usually drive. I was nearly side swiped by an idiot who wanted to be in the lane I was in and then a car didn’t even break going through a busy round-a-bout, not to mention the stupid tail gating. PLEASE do what the bus drivers want. This craziness will force me to start riding a bike or something to aviod the BAD drivers in this town. ARGH.

DonnyBoy 10:10 am 25 Jun 10

Easiest drive into work in several weeks!

merlin bodega 10:10 am 25 Jun 10

ThatGuy said :

My unsubstantiated thoughts of the work ethic of the other public servants around me were today substantiated.

I don’t understand how adults on decent salaries can be in a situation where they cannot organise to get to work if there are no busses. It boggles the mind.

ThatGuy – hold that thought!

georgesgenitals 10:09 am 25 Jun 10

Perhaps busses aren’t as essential a service as we all thought?

ThatGuy 9:58 am 25 Jun 10

My unsubstantiated thoughts of the work ethic of the other public servants around me were today substantiated.

I don’t understand how adults on decent salaries can be in a situation where they cannot organise to get to work if there are no busses. It boggles the mind.

merlin bodega 9:58 am 25 Jun 10

Ironically coming along Northbourne Avenue from Gungahlin was quicker without the buses blocking a lane and slowing down traffic!

Pity though the poor of Canberra who are being used as a toy in a game between the ACT government and unions. The ACTION GM’s argument seems to be that because Canberra drivers get paid more than drivers in other states then they have to take a pay cut. Sure. Take that one out to the doctors, administrative clerks and teachers mate! That’s the rate you pay around here pal. Helloooo! Rents here are the highest in the country. Try taking your reasoning to the Pilbara and see how many employees you get working for you there?

Isn’t the even bigger scandal that on July 1 fares will have gone up by more than 30% since the last election? Four bucks a ride! Stanhope may have dropped the outrageous multi zone system the Liberals had in place when he was elected but brought it back by stealth through raising fares again and again and again. Get out and meet a poor person mate who relies on buses. These are the people catching the things. He is all talk about improving ACTION and in an even more splendid irony “no action”. Remember the bike racks that he said were going to be on all buses? Even the Redex, which was supposed to have a rack on every bus has increasing unreliability for it. Try riding a bus to work from Gungahlin every day – if you are not Tour de France fit before you start then you sure will be after a couple of weeks.

When I vote Labor at the next election I am going to make sure that is not one of these useless ponies in the Assembly now that gets my vote. That way I can get a Labor Government focussed on the community instead of ignoring it. I can get rid of the wistful musings of a Chief Minister that has stayed too long as well.

Thumper 9:55 am 25 Jun 10

Absolute breeze. Traffic flowed nicely, normal amount of cars, and I even left 30 minutes later than usual so it should have been more congested.

I guess everyone that usually takes the bus took the day off instead, or buses take up a hell of a lot of space and generally slow traffic to a crawl.

ConanOfCooma 9:55 am 25 Jun 10

I was earlier than usual, there were no buses flying front of me on round a bouts, I didn’t have to stop for any idiot bus drivers that think that pulling over at a stop means halting in the middle of the road, and I didn’t have to console any old ladies that had been wiped out by an ACTION bus.

Katietonia 9:48 am 25 Jun 10

jellyroh said :

quite #$@%@$ actually – given that I travel to work daily on a bus. Already told the boss I won’t be in until late (at least I’m able to do that) and will no doubt spend plenty of time trying to find a park in Civic’s already overcrowded parking lots.

You could have got up earlier and found a park quite easily 😀

georgesgenitals 9:46 am 25 Jun 10

I’m interstate with work, and other than nursing a slight hangover from an awesome night out last night, everything is great.

jellyroh 9:38 am 25 Jun 10

quite #$@%@$ actually – given that I travel to work daily on a bus. Already told the boss I won’t be in until late (at least I’m able to do that) and will no doubt spend plenty of time trying to find a park in Civic’s already overcrowded parking lots.

JessP 9:35 am 25 Jun 10

Surprising easy to get to work and get a park. Surprisingly easy….

MsCheeky 9:30 am 25 Jun 10

I usually drive from Jerra through Fyshwick then jump on a bus at Albert Hall to go into Civic. The drive is usually a bumper to bumper crawl from Harman to Narrabundah.

Today was an absolute breeze. Did everyone stay home or do the buses use up lots and lots of road space and cause the congestion? 😉

On a related note, I did listen to both the TWU rep and the Action rep on ABC while driving in. The discussion was around the length of the strike, and apparently the meetings of drivers around town had all voted to go back to work after their meeting. However, Action had rolled down the shutters and wouldn’t let them. Action argued that they had to give the public ‘certainty’, and the best certainty was to shut down the buses for 24 hours. What a load of absolute nonsense. I bet there are many parents out there who would have been very pleased to know that their little darlings could get the bus home from school this afternoon, even if that knowledge only came about after the meetings this morning. Provocative posturing and absolute fail by Action management.

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