I noticed the other day that Melbourne Bus Link, the company that runs the buses that pass the Highrise, has removed its name from the sides of the buses and has been replaced by the imaginative and evocative name, Transdev (insert emoticon here to illustrate a certain way of saying the name, flat vowels, excessively drawn out). It seems MBL did more than remove its name, MBL itself was removed and replaced by another company who won a bid to run around a third of Melbourne's bus fleet. Why wasn't I told?
I am a frequent user of the buses and I don't have much in the way of complaints about them. Quite unlike me. In the time we have lived here, the buses are noticeably carrying more people and all the really noisy old models, albeit with brilliant air conditioning, have been replaced.
I have been looking at Transdev's website and it seems they have a lot of fingers in public transport pies in Australia.
Transdev proposes to deliver the following benefits to customers in the first two years of the franchise
Wow, customer benefits. I am liking the sound of this.
Additional services across the network, including the addition of Sunday services on some routes
Increased hours of operation on both weekdays and weekends
Motherhood is good.
A simplified network, particularly through the CBD
Whoa. What does simplified mean? I am alert.
A reduction in route duplication
Never mind duplication, we have triplication with three routes passing by that we use to go to Prahran or the city. While their suburban termini vary, from the city to Prahran they follow the same path, which makes for an adequate level of service such that we can just walk out door and wait for one. While we can just easily catch a tram, they are always so crowded. There is always a seat on the bus.
I am officially alert and alarmed now.
I will give the company some advice to improve the service. Take away the control of the air con from the driver and have it set to a comfortable level. Do something about right turning cars in St Kilda Road blocking the buses. Even out the gaps between buses.