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#1 12 years ago

Apparently it isn't hard to see that I'm a believer in and supporter of mass transport, but that's starting to change.

Today I spend 40 minutes trying to turn my monitor on (long story) and hurry out for school after countless failed attempts. In that rush, I forgot my bus pass - That's my fault, I can't rant about that part without attacking myself with a blunt point.

The bus driver naturally wouldn't let me on the school bus; I wasn't going to argue. I figured that I'll be late, but I'll get a public bus into school. That'd work out nicely.

Apart from one thing - They've screwed around with the timetables! No buses leave Thrapston (my town) anymore. I don't even mean I'd be a couple of hours late - I'd waste away before I was able to get that bus into school. I think the council have a ridiculous "No one leaves!" policy on this place, which would make sense since the council offices for this part are just a couple of roads away :Puzzled:

So I did a check, there's only one bus route I can find that even leaves Thrapston for somewhere else, conveniently headed in entirely the wrong direction into Kettering. Amused, I did more checks.

If I wanted to head for a large shopping centre in a place called Milton Keynes, I could get there - Just after most of the shops had closed, at 5:30pm. But don't worry, I could get a bus at 7:30am to Kettering in the first place. It's only an eight hour wait for a two hour journey, right?

If I wanted to go to Wicksteed Park, Kettering, I should go on a Sunday. Otherwise I'll get there just before nightfall at this time of the year (Or at least, in the not too distant future).

I used to be able to do all of this at convenient times, I could be in Peterborough by midday. Or if I missed the school bus, I'd be an hour or two late but no more...And no longer. What the hell were they thinking?

I can't support mass transportation if they aren't going to support me, and more importantly my education. I'm taking driving lessons.




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#2 12 years ago

Public transportation + joo = ftl

Watch out for the gas spendage monthly, however.




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#3 12 years ago

if i missed the bus when i was in school, i would have just got the day off and done "revision"




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#4 12 years ago

The reason why timetables are "screwed" and why buses don't go that often is the lack of people using them, lack of government support and even poor city planning. Extra expenses from public transportation have to be cut down and the government to subsidy it to make bus tickets cheaper & get more buses and bus stops around. City planning must give more ground for public transportation instead of just private cars.




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#5 12 years ago
I used to be able to do all of this at convenient times, I could be in Peterborough by midday. Or if I missed the school bus, I'd be an hour or two late but no more...And no longer. What the hell were they thinking?

Did you try asking them what the hell they were thinking?




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#6 12 years ago
Did you try asking them what the hell they were thinking?

As a matter of fact, I just got off the phone with them. Apparently I'm not the only one with an issue with it. Maybe that'll help.

Their claim is that they thought a lot of people would come into here...But they seem to have missed the obvious point that people would definitely want to leave once they'd done their business here. Makes less sense than anything I've ever heard of, frankly.

if i missed the bus when i was in school, i would have just got the day off and done "revision"

Yeah, that's what I used to do if I could weasel my way out of school. But this year things are different, I'm walking back into two AS levels that I haven't studied in over a year, and whilst my maths is very much on par, my French isn't up to scratch at all and I visibly lag behind. So it's not great that I'm missing a lesson in which the teacher explicitly stated the pace would be changing in...

*goes to find a job and a driving instructor*




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#7 12 years ago

I am a Mass Transit Bandit, unfortunately. Since my car died, I have had to catch the bus anywhere I had to go. Occasionally, a friend might give me a lift, but that's not too often. I feel your pain- the timetables are never right. I live in one of the biggest cities in the country- hundreds of thousands of people use the same bus lines I do. This has no effect. It seems no matter where you live, the local mass transit system will forever let you down.




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#8 12 years ago

Not really. Our bus system just keeps getting better. It doesn't even cater for that many people, my city is only 350,000 people, but the bus system is growing out, hoping to upgrade the stops so that 50% have real-time information (currently about 25%) and many other things.




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#9 12 years ago

Well here in Copenhagen the buses are a mess, however, they are expanding the subway-network, so it can only get better:)




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#10 12 years ago

Never trust anything thats publically funded.