Last night I was leaving Civic at 2am, which means I’d already made some mistakes.
Looking at the line for taxis my first instinct was to just walk home.
But for reporting purposes I decided to give it a go.
And for a piece of civic infratructure relied on by thousands of Canberrans every week it truly is a disgrace.
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One has to wonder that if it wasn’t being used by mostly young drunks at 2am something more would have been done long ago.
For a start it was raining lightly, and the line is uncovered.
While there was a little man in high visibility gear trying to organise proceedings he was overwhelmed by both the poor behaviour of tired drunks, and the logistics involved.
People couldn’t actually get into the taxis fast enough at the front of line, which meant there was a queue of people wanting taxis standing next to a queue of taxis waiting for passengers.
As the rain started to fall harder some enterprising souls just jumped into the taxi in front of them. Which is fine except that people who were further up the line and had been queueing for 10 minutes in the rain didn’t like this very much.
Short tempers, line jumping, tired people, loads of booze, it is a recipe for serious disaster.
The basic problem is having a single point of dispatch, which concentrates all the issues.
Just a thought but why not use all of the bus interchange and have the man in the high visibility gear direct taxis rather than people?
Separate ranks for South, North, and West would help people pool, using the taxis more efficiently. The divided queues would be small enough that people could fit under the bus shelters, and by splitting the crowd up the chances of tempers building would be significantly reduced.
Just a thought, if anyone in power cares.