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So Belconnenites, how are those buses?

By johnboy - 3 June 2009 38

[First filed: May 25, 2009 @ 15:07]

By now some of you have used the new bus arrangements in Belconnen.

All working smoothly? Or otherwise?

UPDATED: With real rain falling this morning it’s been put to the real test. Thoughts now?

What’s Your opinion?


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38 Responses to
So Belconnenites, how are those buses?
Ceej1973 8:14 am 26 May 09

I have heard that slACTION only does something about issues, when enough people have complained about particular issues to the “give a shit meter” (AKA several surveys). So for the handful of people in the new section of Banks & Conder (several hundred homes, locality) who complained about having to walk 1.2km to the nearest bus stop, the meter didnt even flinch. I suggest to Belconnenites, that they make as much noise as possible! PS…Is the terminology Belconnonites or Belconnites?!?!

SheepGroper 9:33 pm 25 May 09

The guy with the takeaway coffee? He did look stunned standing at the closed gates, and there were other passengers complaining they’d be two hours late, which was odd considering the “temporary” bus stops wouldn’t be that far away.

MelonHead 9:29 pm 25 May 09

I drove down Cohen St past the new layover/superstop/get wet bum area this afternoon. There were two lines of buses stopped there. The new lights at Josephson St were RED, so I stopped. (Novel, I know) As I am stopping I realise that I am in a right turn only lane! WTF are they doing? What is this rubbish? Across the intersection are the new wild diagonal lines signifying some dipstick with limited design/driving experience has had one hand on a pencil and the other hidden from view while crafting this clusterf*&k.

Surely if you have to have this garbage lane merging, a B light at the kerb would be better?

To all you southsiders/gungas etc. and non drivers: apologies for the rant.

futto 8:46 pm 25 May 09

Anyone see Win news tonight with the article on Buses? There was this guy that looked like he just rocked up first thing and had no idea it was closing down. Bloody hilarious shocked and confused look on his face.

i LOL’ed.

It might be on again for the late news if you are so inclined to see it.

mred 7:32 pm 25 May 09

grunge_ hippy — “now when are they going to do woden? that place is just as run down and ugly.”

I live there, and agree. Perhaps it even makes Belco interchange look pleasant.

Very Busy 7:30 pm 25 May 09

Aremanduh said :

personally im just over action in general, before all the changes started around4 or 5 years ago the system was great.
And then the calamity began with strikes and time table changes. from there it seems like every six months or so someone will change it to something that is just as terrible as the last.
Quite frankly we’re not going to win, as is mentioned by QBNgal, the people who make these decisions are not the people that cach the busses, not the people that drive the busses, but the people who have government cars paid for by our tax money.

Exactly, the ACT Government’s slashing of bus services in 2006 really set ACTION back many many years. They have been unsuccessfully trying to play catchup ever since, spending huge dollars to try and get people back onto the buses. Part of the problem is that prior to 2006 ACTION was a statutory authority with expertise in public transport systems and management. Now that it is part of Territory and Municipal Services we just have public servants trying to run the show.

Having said that though, the new Belconnen setup seemed to run really well and with a bit of refining should work OK particularly for services that run through Belconnen. Bypassing the interchange seems to save a bit of time. In my opinion it seems the ACT Government have got this one right.

Tanktrax 7:04 pm 25 May 09

I can’t understand the logic to some of the planning. At the Tax office “interchange” they have bus shelters on the Labor club side of the street, but none on the Tax office side of the street… mystery to me.

grunge_hippy 6:32 pm 25 May 09

i am enjoying the footage on WIN with people looking dumbstruck as to why it is closed…

now when are they going to do woden? that place is just as run down and ugly.

GregW 6:12 pm 25 May 09

Do ACT politicians really drive government cars to work?

Aremanduh 5:58 pm 25 May 09

personally im just over action in general, before all the changes started around4 or 5 years ago the system was great.
And then the calamity began with strikes and time table changes. from there it seems like every six months or so someone will change it to something that is just as terrible as the last.
Quite frankly we’re not going to win, as is mentioned by QBNgal, the people who make these decisions are not the people that cach the busses, not the people that drive the busses, but the people who have government cars paid for by our tax money.

GregW 5:32 pm 25 May 09

Yes.

housebound 4:37 pm 25 May 09

Let’s just wait until the first wet, cold day. Sleet would be good. Then ask again.

Qbn Gal 3:56 pm 25 May 09

That may be because the decision makers have a government car to take them around. They won’t be standing around in sleet, cold winds or rain ( if we get any this winter…. here’s hoping). Do they really care about the little bloke or woman?

Ozhair 3:37 pm 25 May 09

Yeah, that was my thought. Nice idea to start this work at the onset of winter and shunt everybody off to bus stops with no shelter whatsoever πŸ˜›

Dagget66 3:25 pm 25 May 09

Same old same old really ….
Though I dont know what folk will do in the rain …. besides get wet, or use a brolly.

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