The busy planners at Municipal Services are now conducting the ACT Travel Survey, until October.
The goal is to understand travel patterns and plan a transport (ie, bus) system that meets the public’s travel needs. Stop laughing.
The survey is intended to record info about trips on a point-to-point basis although the survey proper doesn’t really tell you that. The cover note does, however, and includes some simple examples here. This may be useful for those travellers who damn ACTION’s inability to properly timetable connecting services – or perhaps even reasonably frequent ones for when the connection is missed…
That said, the survey questions are rather curious and probably aren’t going to record the interminable waiting time trying to get from A to C via B. Make the survey do so if you can.
Also, there are no questions about whether the traveller considers the travel times to get from A to B as crucial or even adequate. The attitudinal questions re: your key considerations when choosing to travel by bus completely ignores the frequency, directness, or convenience of the service.
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Maybe I’m naive. Perhaps such considerations are irrelevant to Canberra commuting and go without saying!
Most of the questions are about the proximity of the bus stop, and (my favourite) whether the absence of showers or change facilities makes me less likely to bike than bus.
My mind boggles at what TAMS might come up with to deal with that… Public showers adjacent to public toilets?