Monday, April 15, 2019

Bus Rant

I tweeted today. I rarely tweet. It was directed to a bus company, Transdev, whose services are suspended past The Highrise while works at Southbank Boulevard are undertaken.

I was in Brunswick today, by tram, then Richmond and ended up in South Yarra to pick up some medication. I was eating a pakora in Pran Central and I checked a tram app for a live time tram trip home. 7 minutes. I checked a few minutes later and my app still said 7 minutes. I suspected something was wrong and as I walked out of Pran Central, a tram went past. Damn!

But here comes a bus that I can only get to Alfred Hospital and then I walked to St Kilda Road to catch a tram home. It worked well, except..........

It was a warm day and the bus was stinking hot, hence my tweet to Transdev, the bus company, No air con in bus 380425. It's like a sweat box..

Transdev does not have a good reputation in Melbourne. Many of its buses were put off the road last year because they were unroadworthy.

There can be two reasons why the air con wasn't working. The first and perhaps seemingly most obvious is that it had broken down.

But I will go for the second reason. The driver had not switched the air con on. As far as I know, Melbourne's tram drivers have no control over the passenger air conditioning. I don't know why bus drivers should have control over air con cooling being switched on or not. It should be automatic climate control air con, heating and cooling without interference by a driver.

I don't expect we will see Transdev Buses survive in Melbourne for much longer. It runs horrible cheap, rough and noisy buses, does not run its services to time, tries to get away with not maintaining its buses, and clearly its drivers are a law unto their own.

You think this is pointless rant? I know otherwise. Media monitors will pick it up. People searching on Google for Transdev may come across this. It will be archived by the State Library. My local State politician keeps an eye on my blog, and who knows who else. 

13 comments:

  1. Hopefully they won't come out our way!
    I'm still crook about Mt Dandy bus line ( the one that goes along Mt Dandenong Road past the end of our street) being bought out by the big V (Ventura) and that was years ago. No more does the bus timetable line up with the train arrivals/departures at Croydon station. Waiting in the cold/heat can be annoying especially for those who do it on a daily basis.. Mind you their buses do have good air con!

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    1. Cathy, that is ok if it is a frequent service, but I bet it isn't.

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  2. Hang In There Bother Man

    Cheers

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  3. Well that certainly is a pain. I have been in situations with no air conditioning on very hot days, and thought I needed to keep my wits about me, because if I fainted, no one would care. (In Charles DeGaulle Airport in July! No air-conditioning at all!) What is wrong with airport officials? Why no air-conditioning?

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    1. Maribeth, that is scarcely believable. I have struck similar places myself.

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  4. Our buses have two airconditioning/heating systems. One for the drivers compartment and one for the rest of the bus. On a couple of occasions I have noticed as I tagged on that the driver's compartment is emanating cool air while the rest of the bus is a smelly sauna.

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    1. EC, our buses don't have the driver in an enclosed space, yet. I expect he had a nice cool breeze coming in his window, while the tiny windows of bus were locked.

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  5. What's a Pakora?

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    1. Deep fried Indian vegetable concoction.

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  6. Is it still hot there? It's still raining and awful here so maybe you are still warm there.

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    1. Almost a record Autumn temperature here today of 31 degrees, 90F.

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  7. Good on you Andrew.. I do believe you have a right to say how you feel, you might just be the voice for many!

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