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Taxis as shuttle buses?

By johnboy 24 November 2008 24

In a lot of countries it’s normal for private minibuses to ply the routes of the city bus system. They charge a little more, but they’re here now, and they’re going to the same places.

The Canberra Times has got a story on taxi operator Ricky Simatupang and his plans to run a fleet of 12 seat taxis in a similar way.

The difference being that our ACTION bus system doesn’t actually run between places people actually want to go so at least he won’t be scavenging their routes.

At the moment the airport is making life hard for Ricky, apparently preferring to herd their passengers like cattle.

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Skyring 2:23 am 02 Jan 09

Thats not even mentioning the RIP OFF prices that they charge. I laugh hysterically that they are trying to pass a surcharge for travelling out to the airport, on top of the extra the customers have to pay sitting idle in the ridiculous traffic.

Taxi rates are set by your government. The airport charges $2.00 for using the cabyard, recoverable from the passenger. Blame the airport and the government for the traffic problems.

Airport to city centre, Canberra’s taxi fares and travel times are probably the best for any capital city. Internationally, Washington DC and Reagan National Airport (domestic services only) is about the only reasonable comparison I can think of for the Western world. Perhaps the problem isn’t with the cabbies, who are hard-pressed to make a decent living, but with unrealistic expectations of passengers who don’t understand the system.

The best advice so far is from the poster above who divides the longstay cost by two and compares it to the cab fare. If you have a car at your sole disposal and you don’t mind it sitting out in the weather, that’s a good option. Terry Snow would approve.

tylersmayhem 10:32 am 25 Nov 08

Take it up with the Airport.

….on top of the extra the customers have to pay sitting idle in the ridiculous traffic.

Pretty sure that’s not the cabbies doing. Take it up with the Airport. If you have any success please let us know.

I’m not going to take it up with the airport. It doesn’t affect me because I don’t use Cabs – in fact I avoid them like the plague, as do my family and most people I know. Perhaps YOU my friend, should tkae it up with the airport, and it may well affect you.

farnarkler 9:34 am 25 Nov 08

I’m sure I used to work with Ricky. I think it was at the law courts back in 88. Good luck to him if he can get his plan up and running. It sounds like you’d be better off getting a lift to and from the airport from friends rather than trust the taxi firms.

seekay 9:05 am 25 Nov 08

“Anyone else here blantantly ignore the “no pick up” signs at the airport when picking people up from flights?”

As a matter of principle!

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