One man's perspective of the daily grind on board the Connex Melbourne metropolitan train system.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Fri 30 September - 07:14 where are you...?
The platform information system tells us the 07:14 is going to be two minutes late. It arrives four minutes late. Surely the system "knows" where the train is and thus how long it should take to arrive? At least it showed up, unlike the 07:39, which is cancelled.
An extract from my first post best sums up what this is all about.
"Perception is reality" was one of the many glib phrases my ex-boss used to regularly use. Well my reality is that I have never had a full week of the train that I want to catch running on time. Let me rephrase that somewhat inelegant sentence - I don't believe that of the ten scheduled trains that I would wish to catch in any given week, all ten have ever run as scheduled. Ever. In over four years of commuting on the Sandringham line, my perception is that at least one train per week is either delayed or cancelled.
That's probably a pretty bold call, so to turn my perception into reality, I plan to keep a diary for a while and we'll see how often Connex can deliver me a full week of reliable services. Yes, I know that's a little self-centred, but isn't that the whole point of blogging?