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What Do You Hate Most About Public Transport?

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by Maz Serena Rockers (subscribe)
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Published January 27th 2013
Whether you travel to work, university, or for leisure there are many things that we don't like about public transport. What's your biggest pet peeve about it? Is it the fact that many of Sydney's Tangaras have failing air conditioning systems, or the fact that people refuse to stand up to let you through to the window seats?

One could argue that any complaints should simply be ignored or voiced quietly at the time of the matter, but one could also argue that you should catch a taxi if you don't like it. The reality is that not all of us can catch a taxi to work, as not all of us can afford it.
Photo by Ken Quach, from the SMH website,

Personally, I really dislike catching public transport in the heat. I don't mind it quite as much in winter, but it feels like a gamble when getting on a bus as to whether it'll have air con or not. I also hate it when you know, our buses randomly catch fire it's really annoying when that kind of thing happens. I know it doesn't happen often, but you know, it could be dangerous!

One thing I must say I love about Sydney's public transport is the relatively recent change to the buses, where one can text a mobile number to get a live report of which buses are coming to that stop.

At the same time, the relatively recent change to Sydney's trains, where the door-closing procedure now has a 20 second countdown caused me to miss the train once, as it took people a very long time to get off it and barely anyone got on. Staff were unequivocally unsympathetic.

I know that as a Sydney-Sider, I am quite lucky to have such an abundance of public transport in most areas. I understand that this isn't the norm for absolutely everywhere and just to make it clear, I do appreciate it.

So, what do you hate the most about public transport? What's it like in your area?
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Super tram stops being moved so they NO LONGER CONNECT with other tram lines AND continually hold up traffic!! That's the biggest latest statement regarding the demise of our user-friendly public transport system.
Then ...... Not enough seats. Disabled pensioners (me) have to stand while other non-disabled sit. Not enough poles to hold on to. Hand grabs are awkward. Not enough doors to get in & out in peak hour. People do not MOVE IN or MOVE to let you out. Feet on seat by 20% of users. Foul language, yelling, loud music screeching thru. ear-phones. People coughing without covering mouth. People sneezing & sniffling without tissues/handkerchiefs. FEET ON SEATS! Food & drink left behind. People eating strong (offensive) foods. Body Odour. GARLIC and RAW ONION eaters. Windows do not open. Rampant vandalism to seats, walls, windows. Penalties too light for offenders when caught. Platform gates set too far away to run & catch coming trains. NOT enough Car Parks for train users. Trams too narrow and badly designed. Super tram stops are dangerous for passengers. Not enough 'manned' train stations. No conductors on trams. Too few inspectors. Tram design does NOT permit view of next trams stop. No Bike Sheds on Platforms. Bicycles taking up passenger room. No special BIKE VAN at the rear for bicycles to hang up & seats for their riders to accompany them. Anti-social behaviour: yelling, shouting, drunks, groups of young males & butch females who intimidate other passengers and drinking booze onboard trains.
How much more do you want on this topic, please? WHEN will I be invited to sit on panel created to improve Public transport?
by fluffynut (score: 2|783) 1865 days ago
Ah, but will it do any good? Absolutely none whatsoever.
Should any of the 'usual offenders' read this little list - it will likely promote even more anti-social behaviour just to prove that no-one can stop them exercising their right to do what they want, when & where they want - including standing on the area between train carriages to smoke while the train is in motion. Arrogance, ignorance and aggression are the prized attributes of many these days. To object opens one to further abuse and aggression - so it rarely occurs, and they feel more gloating power to continue - often without valid tickets. Indeed, they have 'tickets' on themselves!
by fluffynut (score: 2|783) 1865 days ago
What I hate most is people who talk (and swear) really loudly either on the phone or to the person right next to them.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11681) 1858 days ago

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