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Postby earthfriendly » Sun, 02 Dec 2012 1:25 am

I hear you. I don't live there anymore. My experience and visits over there are limiting. Over 20 years ago, the bus drivers were not that accomodating. I had seen people missing their stops including myself. I would make sure I gave myself plenty of time to get to the exit before my stops.

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Postby Brah » Sun, 02 Dec 2012 1:29 am

You raise an interesting, separate point.

The difference is that one system is based on timetables whereas the other seems random, or at least they're not published as far as I'm aware.

With the timetable system, there are queuing theory and other civil engineering techniques that are generally applied to make these as efficient as possible, and tweaked as necessary, add more cars to a train or use larger buses, etc.

I can see how they could be abused as you say for CYA reasons.

Personally I prefer the timetable system - that way I can plan my walk to the station, etc., know how many run at that time of day and how far apart they are spaced, know when the first and last train or bus runs.


JR8 wrote:By driving markedly slower than they could and so padding the timetable. No I'm not kidding. Train operators in the UK get penalties for running late trains - the result is train companies producing timetables that they are sure they can always meet, even if there is a delay on the journey.

Result: the majority of journeys take longer than they need to. An example of the Rules Achieving the Opposite to that Desired?

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Postby Brah » Sun, 02 Dec 2012 1:33 am

What I've been noticing, as one who doesn't ride trains nearly as much as buses, and having recently been taking more trains to different places than usual and at different times, is that politeness seems to be improving for trains. For buses, I don't see this change, in fact I think it's getting worse.

earthfriendly wrote:I hear you. I don't live there anymore. My experience and visits over there are limiting. Over 20 years ago, the bus drivers were not that accomodating. I had seen people missing their stops including myself. I would make sure I gave myself plenty of time to get to the exit before my stops.


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