Tonight i caroused with friends at various alehouses in Civic. Normally i would get a taxi home, but one of my friends was going to Woden via bus where his spouse would collect hm from the bus terminal.
As his bus pulled away i decided to catch a bus home myself, and see how the flexbus system worked.
After arriving at Belco exchange i discovered that i had a 40 minute wait.
The bus arrived. I boarded and asked if the bus went near a specific street.
The bus driver said it might but it was at his discretion. he then pointed out there were 20 people standing behind me and noted on a clipboard the street i wanted to go to. I then sat down and watched 20 other people ask roughly the same question.
Several asiatics, presumably students with english as a second language seemed very confused.
Eventually the bus pulled away – with noone advised what particular route the driver had chosen to deliver his cargo.
We wound around several suburbs and occcasionaly people got off.
No one boarded.
Eventually when i figured i was kilometre away from my bunker i got off and walked. He did not drive down my street.
He might have eventually but without any idea of the route i couldnt be certain i wouldnt end up back at Belco caught in some infinite loop trapped forever in actions discretionary route system.
So this is why Flexbus sucks arse and should be shitcanned:
– it provides no certainty that you will be delivered anywhere near your home.
– by cutting all the other bus services, surely waiting an hour for the ‘flexible’ bus is a nonsense.
– the driver should have a route announced when he pulls away.
Even better – cancel flexbus and extend the regular routes to at least midnight.
Action patronage must have dropped during this flexbus experiment fiasco.
next time im taking the taxi…