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07 August 2008 @ 11:38 pm
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  • 09:16 internet connection near unusable. kill kill kill. #
  • 12:28 A series of bad bus decisions. Oh to be in Australia, where the timetable tells you the time the bus arrive. Or anywhere they mean something #
  • 13:46 releasing a book in Georgian Fare on Merrion Row. # (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3812840)
  • 14:09 ok on table. Take if you wish if it's still there. #
  • 14:45 Released a book in the Library Bar, Central Hotel. # (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4898131)

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lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on August 8th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Oh to be in Australia, where the timetable tells you the time the bus arrive.
Not just Australia... This is a pet peeve of mine!
a very caring potato: vending machinemollydot on August 8th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
Australia's where I first noticed it. NZ would also do me - I think that every few bus stops were timed in Wellington, eg you know what time the bus is due to arrive at the bus stop three before yours.

Yesterday, I had a choice between a frequent slow bus, or an infrequent fast bus. I had to work out when the fast bus would be here, got it wrong and let the first slow bus go past. Waited & waited (longer than I would expect for the frequent one, but the timetable was torn off, so I couldn't check what how often was even supposed to be), decided I'd get the next taxi that passed, then the next slow bus came. Got on, and before it had gone a few metres, I saw the fast bus behind it. Gah!
ext_112271 on August 10th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
I heard a bloke from CIE on the radio last week saying that they would have live location info for every bus by the end of the year. He said we could get it by texting but I hope there is a web interface too.

There is an infrequent bus stopping right outside my door but I never take it because I don't want to wait like a fool for 30 mins.
a very caring potatomollydot on August 10th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
That would be brilliant. Even better would be displays at each bus stop saying when the next bus on each route was coming. Like they do for the Luas and Dart.

A web interface would be handy for timing when to leave the house/office though. I suppose text means they can make money from it.
ext_112271 on August 10th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
They trialled the bus stop displays a good few years ago on a couple of Dublin Bus routes. But I think it's too much of an expense these days when everyone has a little display terminal in their pockets. And, personally, I want to know where the bus is before I decide to go to the bus stop.

I hope they won't try to make money from texting. It will be a bit more convenient for people to choose public transport so they can look forward to increased revenues from a greater number of bus journeys.
a very caring potatomollydot on August 10th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
The display at the bus stop that day would have been perfect for me, as I wouldn't have let the first bus go by. OTOH, if I checked before leaving, I might have gone to a better bus stop - I have a choice of about 6 routes, spread between 4 bus stops.