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.