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Nightrider condemned.

By johnboy 22 June 2011 23

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Territory And Municipal Services have released their report into the operation of the NightRider bus service this summer.

Key Learnings from the trial were:

1. The service could not be seen to be cost effective in its current design at an average cost of $157 per passenger
2. The service carried most passengers on New Year’s Eve and night where there were special events.
3. Saturday nights usually carried almost twice as many passengers as Friday nights.
4. The Nightrider services to the suburbs carried most passengers. The loop services did not attract significant patronage.
5. An earlier procurement decision would have allowed for an earlier start on promotion.
6. Relocating the Nightrider bus stop may improve traffic operations.

RiotACT humbly suggests that more online advertising and a smartphone app showing where the buses are, combined with sticking with it for more than a few months at a time, would dramatically help too.

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madscientist 9:31 am 23 Jun 11

One thing I noticed was that the frequency of the NightRider service was a little bit woeful – every 90 minutes – infrequent public transport tends to be poorly used.

Also, what’s the options if you miss a bus by a few minutes? Either cough up for a taxi, or go back into the bar and use the same money to get even more drunk? I’m not sure that one’s well thought out…

eq2 5:02 am 23 Jun 11

Agreed with many of the comments. Please re-trial with drop-offs at city centres, no security guards and could start as a Saturday night/event only service.

gooterz 9:48 pm 22 Jun 11

Its easy.. Late Bus loops tuggeranong to belconnen. Places like woden and tuggeranong the bus stops outiside the police station where it can be watched by CCTV and easily patrolled!
Bus stops at station people get off and the guard counts the number of taxis required. (Hopefully some already waiting) and bus driver calls for more.

Start out small.. 1 day per month until numbers come up.

I caught the night rider on NYE back down south and told the driver where i was going and rude when asking which part of the suburb i lived. Having the coaches were overkill and it took way too long to get around the burbs. Would have rathered a tip to a main centre and then taxi.

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