Friday, March 16, 2007

I 'ate you Butler!

Yes, for the first time ever I'm trying the 216 bus service this morning. I've not been using the bike since Tuesday, when I discovered Albert Park, a publicly owned facility, is not actually accessible to the public for several days prior to the race action.

Yesterday both inbound and outbound services were delayed and consequently crowded - although Connex records will show them as on time©®™, of course. That confirmed my plan to run home after work today. And subsequently persuaded me to see what Blakey, Stan, Olive and the crew were on about all those years ago.

The bus is due at 07:03 and by 07:07 with no sign of it, I've still just got time to catch Connex' finest, the 07:13 (in reality I may've had plenty of time, but how would you know?)

So I head off and am nearly at the station when the 216 appears. It's clean and comfortable, not crowded and gets me into the city only slightly later than Connex. All in all a pretty positive first experience of a Melbourne commuter bus service in 25+ years

Looks like Connex may have some competition!