Monday, March 27, 2006

Mon 27 March - Post-Games blues...?

A few commentators are suggesting that Connex may suffer from post-Games blues after making such a big effort over the last two weeks. I guess we'll know in a few days if they're right.

The 07:14 seems very full this morning - did the 06:59 not run? It gets a slow start and arrives at Flinders Street just over three minutes late, so we start the week orange. Are those commentators being proven correct already?

But going home on the 17:49 is OK, we're a tad late but not enough to score an orange.


Blogger Carolyn said...

Yes I think they might be - the 7:11 from Glenhuntly was cancelled, meaning no trains between 6:59 and 7:24.

27 March, 2006 09:15  
Blogger Daniel Bowen said...

Yep, I've had about two weeks of no SMS cancellation alerts... but this morning, the old familiar beep beep was back.

27 March, 2006 10:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My train was on time. I arrived at the station 5 mins early and needed to buy a ticket so I missed my train as there were a few people in the queue for the 1 machine... live and learn.

27 March, 2006 11:16  
Blogger The Met said...

I'd suggest you buy your ticket before your travel, perhaps after you travel.

Or even at newsagents that display the "blue metcard sign" or at some 7/11 stores.

Don't tell me youve never heard of BATBYGOBSTOPL!

27 March, 2006 18:19  
Anonymous James said...

every one has herd of that crap[ sloganBATBYGOBSTOPL!all it dose is want to make me que up!!!

Also dont be such a basted to ananymous

27 March, 2006 18:33  
Anonymous Anonymous 10.16am said...

the met,

what if i need to get a train to the newsagent... ?

Or, why should i inconvienience myself twice to travel once?!?!

Maybe, the customer service attendants at the station should actually do something useful like sell tickets rather than stand there and offer pointless advice like...BATBYGOBSTOPL!

27 March, 2006 18:39  
Blogger The Met said...

Well, it's not my problem you missed your train.

He could of pre-purchased online too.

Hey, AFTER you travel, how about you get the ticket, so you don't have to miss the train the next day...

DURGH! 2 minutes without inconvenience, or 15 or more minute waiting for the next train! Do i need to draw the bigger number?

anonymous 10:16; what kind of stupid comment was that? What just stand there, well news for you is THAT THEY SELL TICKETS [offensive word)

BATBYGOBSTOPL is a no defunct TV advert, poster advertising, and radio jingles. Never said by Station Attendants.

james, attempt to spell better.
Again, stupidity.

Instead of buying a single ticket for every journey, how about the next time youve already get a ticket, go to the newsagent, even better, buy bulk!

You know you can buy a large amount of tickets at a newsagent or at your local premium station, or spend some time at the ticket machine, or the MetShop when you in the city, BEFORE YOU TRAVEL.

It's really not my problem if you can't spend less than 5 minutes...

27 March, 2006 19:28  
Anonymous anonymous 10:16 said...

who ever said it was your problem. I accepted missing the train! I was merly making a point of humour... that being, when your not ready for your train (ie. waiting for the stupid vending machine to spit your ticket)your train is on time (rarely as it may be!!!). Conversely, when you are ready for the train, its delayed or cancelled... Obviously it was lost on you! You know Murphies law!

In repsonse to your other comments:

As far as I am aware the customer service people at non-premium stations do not sell tickets? I may be wrong but the line of 10 people at the machine would probably beg to differ!

Finally, mate, I'm not going to run around town too buy a couple of train tickets because the ticket machines (sorry, train ticket machine - singular!) at the station are slow or may potentially have a que.

Again its the consumers problem isn't it...

27 March, 2006 19:58  
Anonymous sam said...

The travellers that are inconvenienced most by those travesty of ticket machines are the casual traveller. I know that the machines are temperamental and limiting so I buy my monthly ticket the afternoon of the day it runs out so I'm not caught in the queue the next day, making sure I have the right amount of money. Even if I forget, or for some reason can't, I kow what I'm doing when I get to the machine and am in and out in a small amount of time.

Less frequent users are (rightly) confused when purchasing from the machines, and end up holding up everyone while someone helps them decipher what ticket they need. And the alternative is pre purchasing tickets or buying in bulk?!? Who is going to be more likely to use public transport when it requires more planning than a dinner party?

You should be able to turn up to a station and easily and quickly purchase a ticket. You used to be able to do this when stations sold tickets. Now thanks to cost cutting and cost shifting it isn't possible.


28 March, 2006 11:21  
Blogger The Met said...

OK, frequent users, who buy there tickets immediately before travel, should buy bulk, if theire travel patterns are similar.

perhaps Daily 5 pack, instead of buying A Daily everyday to work? You even save money.

Costs are put to the users...

29 March, 2006 15:41  
Anonymous Steve said...

Chris (The Met),

one question:

on one of your blogs, you claim to be a Pilot and the other one you are a student at Brighton SC.
You state on your profile that you regard yourself "as a person willing to share ideas, values and the truth" and "well acquanted with the uses of the TV and computer".

Well what is the truth here (Pilot or Student) to maintain some credibility? And how about you get yourself acquainted with a dictionary?

29 March, 2006 16:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good one. too funny!

29 March, 2006 16:50  
Blogger The Met said...

If you really must know, yes i am a student, and yes im a pilot, student pilot anyway...

A mere typographical error, never meant to bring such concern, especially to one more knowledgable...

Nor, do i see an relavance to the main motif of this blog...

So therefore, I was telling the truth. Im glad you spent your time looking at my profile. Perhaps you prefer 'student pilot.' I fly occasionaly at Moorabbin Airport.

There's always PC games too... I did state im well ACQUAINTED with the use of a PC, did i not?

31 March, 2006 21:52  
Blogger The Met said...

oh, and anononymous at 3:50.

I believe the termed used within todays teen population is 'ROLLED!'

31 March, 2006 21:53  

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