Since that last post I’ve been noticing how taxis are in all the wrong places. Blocking up laneway entrances, loitering in bus zones. Taxi driving here is one of those jobs you do when you’re not qualified (or not motivated to become qualified) to do anything else. But of course, it’s always the government’s fault because they hand out taxi-licenses by the fistfull. They’re required to run LPG fuel tanks, so they don’t contribute too much to the air pollution, but they really are like globules of bad stuff blocking up the arteries and capillaries of the city.
And I never thought I’d say this but even some of the buses are a pain. Specifically, the five different route that traverse down outside my window. Three blue and two green buses. Don’t get me wrong, I <3 public transport but this city and this country are the sole examples of PT being in oversupply, that I’ve seen at least. It’s rare that I see buses full. If they’re weren’t creating all that extra engine-grinding noise coming thru my summer window I wouldn’t care, I guess. It’s just weird when compared to every other country that a) never bothered with PT at all or b) is always looking for more excuses to slash more funding to PT. Last wednesday I took the intercity bus down to my work. It’s about a 25km journey. It costs less than $2AUD. There’s first stop where I get on, then it goes express for three quarters of the way, then it gets into the neighbourhood where I work. Last Wed. I was the only one on the bus the whole way. The bus comes every 12 minutes.
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/7452043996/” title=”Empty bus by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7452043996_ca50737838_n.jpg” width=”320″ height=”320″ alt=”Empty bus”></a>