It’s a joke

Auckland City Harbour News - - Opinion - MAR­GARET LUMS­DEN Herne Bay

The pub­lic trans­port sys­tem is far from de­pend­able.

My hus­band and I thought we’d take the bus to the city. Liv­ing in Herne Bay, this should have been easy enough and un­com­pli­cated.

Get­ting there went okay. We checked the re­turn bus times at Brit­o­mart so we could be there at the ap­pro­pri­ate time. Ac­cord­ing to the elec­tronic bus sched­ule the ar­rival time was 10 min­utes, then nine then eight then seven, etc. Then it said “Due”. No bus came.

The next sched­uled bus was due in an­other 20 mini­utes or so.

How can a per­son trust the sys­tem enough to de­pend on it to get to work? And in bad weather who wants to wait for a bus that may not come.

And there’s no sav­ings – not time nor money. It’s cheaper and faster to bite the fuel cost and waste time try­ing to find a carpark. You’d still ar­rive faster and for less money.

Pub­lic trans­port is a joke. Car pool­ing is the clos­est thing to try­ing to save fuel and ar­rive at your des­ti­na­tion on time.

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