- January 25, 2011 - 22:09
Why not invest in some smaller buses for routes that have a low passenger density? These smaller busses would burn less fuel, greatly reducing costs. This would also allow the full sized busses to take over / supplement the smaller ones during peak traffic times. The idea of having express busses with a limited number of stops could also work well during rush times like the village direct to Parade Street, then Churchill Park, to MUN, CONA and the Marine Institute, provided they are well thought out.
- January 25, 2011 - 21:47
The taxi coupon program needs to continue, but it needs to change. It seems that customers are sold chits from a random pre-purchased company, not one of their choosing. This is not good from either the taxi drivers' or customers' perspective. A taxi company has an established customer base. Metrobus providing to customers of one company coupons to another company will only direct the customer away from the original company and this move may become permanent. As well, if there are equal number of coupons per company this is not fair as there are not an equal number of drivers per company. This, of course, hurts the drivers of the larger companies more than those of the smaller ones. Drivers work on commission and really only make about minimum wage, please don't hurt them. Customers may have had bad experiences with certain companies like poor quality service or drivers (long wait times, unpleasant drivers, taken the long way around, etc). I know some young ladies will not drive with some companies as they do not feel safe with certain drivers. Others have good expereince with certain a company and only deal one. Some use bueses but not St. John's taxis (ie Mt. Pearl). Metrobus not allowing customers to choose which company to use the coupons with removes their right to choose for their own comfort. Metrobus is doing a good thing with the coupons but the logistics are not great. Instead of Metrobus selling coupons printed by the taxi companies, Metrobus should be selling generic coupons allowing customers to choose which taxi company to use. Much like any commercial coupon, each company should be able to collect all the coupons and submit their bills to Metrobus. My proposal may even save Metrobus a few dollars if not all coupons they sell are used. Tell Metrobus to change: http://www.metrobus.com
- January 25, 2011 - 14:59
Mount Pearl / Paradise doesn't want to amalgamate with St. John's so get rid of the buses to that area. Let them pay for their own buses. St. Phillips etc dosn't have bus service and they are just as entitled as Mount Pearl.
- January 25, 2011 - 14:55
Lay off some of the drivers, especially some who shouldn't have met their hiring practices in the first place. Screen them more cautiously. Some of them hate their jobs and couldn't care less if they ever go back to work. Get some fresh blood in there. Many of them are long overdue for retirement. They have this system whereby drivers who have been there the longest get every weekend off, don't work nights etc. Total nonsense, if they like their job they will work any shift-----brings down the morale of the other drivers. Fire the guy who does the planning for the route system, because he really does not have a clue. There are way too many routes. I have often stood at a bus stop in St. John's waiting in the freezing cold to have 2-3 buses going to the "Garage"---what's up with that. ???? Also during the same time frame 2 buses stopped that I couldn't avail of, because although they went half the distance I wanted to go, I would have been late for work had I taken it. Meanwhile these buses are empty. I have lived in many parts of the world and never seen a system so disorganized.
- Annoyed Reader
- January 25, 2011 - 14:39
Congratulations Mr. Jackson. More ignorant, poorly researched, opinions yet again. What's on tap for next week: knocking well meaning environmental initiatives at MUN?
- January 25, 2011 - 12:09
Point taken (re. the airport), Esron, but bus service should take precedent over profits for taxi companies. The Airport Authority isn't doing the travelling public or its workers any favours here. I'm also wondering whether shuttle busses to parking lots on the outskirts of town would encourage people to get out of thier cars. But as you say, the firm knows be$t.
- January 25, 2011 - 10:51
I agree with the bus going a straighter route. There should be buses running across town with 2 or 3 stops rather than taking an hour or more to cross town. There should be buses running 24 hours a day to accommodate shift workers. I think that more people would take the bus if there were dedicated runs to certain areas that were nonstop or just one or two stops. Part of the reason I don't take the bus more often is the time it takes to get anywhere.
- January 25, 2011 - 08:19
@Murray: The Airport authority will not allow buses on the property.... Taxi contracts...
- January 25, 2011 - 08:15
There are multiple factors at work here: Metrobus's routes are highly INefficient, as you noted above but it's the City's fault for that. Transit doesn't work well for sprawling, suburban cities, because there isn't enough of a rider base/ tax base to fund the system per sq/km. If the city ever wants to make Metrobus viable, they have to start looking at their city planning, and start densifiying the city. Not only will it benefit transit, but other services as well, such as snow clearing, and and garbage collection [just as examples]. I proposed a bus system to Metrobus, with all the routes planned, and with maps... most timed to be a 30 min round trip from point A->B->A [Shorter routes=higher frequency], with a ring route that would get you from Mount Pearl to Kelsey in 10 mins, and to Stavanger in 20...all using the same amount of buses they use now... Rejected because they have a multimillion $ firm who believes the system they have now is "perfect"...
- January 25, 2011 - 08:01
And a bus to the airport (not close to) wouldn't be a bad idea either.