May 07, 2005

Auckland bus strike

Halfway through the Stagecoach bus strike in Auckland and so far the sky hasn't fallen in, nor have any strikers' or management's heads rolled in this revolution. I guess Auckland is so used to having a shite public transport system that a few hundred fewer buses on the roads are not noticed, missed or their absence even positively welcomed. It's a perverse town we live in.
Getting to work has been for me, fortunately, a rather smooth affair: a non-striking Ritchie company bus was ready and waiting and got me to work even faster than normal. The only snag was my season ticket wasn't valid on their network. As we can't have a well-run public transport system then we certainly cannot have sophisticated innovations such as integrated ticketing!

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