For those who don’t know the structure of
If you can use one word to describe the state of the bus network in
Driving to work in a car takes me 26 minutes non peak or 40 minutes in peak time. It is a north-south journey so it doesn’t get too much traffic. This same journey daily on a bus takes me 1:30 non peak or up too 2 hours during peak. The worst thing is that the bus routes I take are some of the best in
The buses are everyday no matter what time I am on completely full of people often requiring me to stand up for the entire journey. The main users of public transport are recently immigrated people from either Asia or
I think public transport will always be much less comfortable than personal transport and once I have my licence back I will go straight to the Car Lot and purchase a new car so that I will never have to get on a bus again. However there are things this government can do that will help alleviate the major problems on the network today.
- Improve all major roads and include dedicated bus lines. This does not mean closing down existing public lanes but adding new lanes specifically for high volume transport. On roads where traffic is being pushed onto newly built freeways such as Springvale and Stud rds close down 1 lane for buses.
- Straighten up bus routes. Most of the buses in
run on zig-zag lines through back streets and take the most indirect route to the final destination. Buses should travel the same path that people would drive. Melbourne
- Increase frequency. A “good” bus in
will run every 15-20min all day with very few running more than that and the vast majority running far less. There are many buses that only run once an hour out of peak. This is just an unacceptable situation making people wait for extremely long times to get connecting routes in the daily commutes just to get to work. Buses should run every 5 – 10 minutes this will reduce the over crowding and minimize waiting times. Melbourne
Implementing these 3 action items will greatly increase the patronage on public transport in