January 30, 2007

Commuter Blues

Yes, the Melbourne train and tram operators suck, suck, suck, suck!

I take some tee-wee consolation in knowing that the train operator in Sydney also sucks.

I take a modicum more than tee-wee consolation in knowing that the NSW Transport Minister is, in all probability, dumber than ours.

In Sydney, the new train timetable introduced in 2005:

“was designed to improve reliability by slowing travel times, cutting the number of services and changing the definition of "on time" to within five minutes of the scheduled time.”

An analysis of complaints (increasing) since then showed that:

“Most complaints are about inter-city lines which use four or six carriages - rather than the maximum of eight …”

Yesterday, NWS Transport Minister John Watkins said that:

“the Government had reduced crowding by improving "on-time running" and encouraging people to spread out across the carriages.”

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