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prussanic-miscellanea:

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prussanic-miscellanea said:

Public transport *tableflip* I can relate to the inconveniences of public transport.

And they charge you a small fortune for the inconvenience as though it’s actually worth that money.

Yup. I spend like $60AUD a fortnight on travel (and that’s a student concession; which means technically I’m not entitle to a seat if a full fair passenger is standing), and yesterday I was on a train so crowded I had to squeeze myself between the back of a seat and the wall (see the red arrows):

I think the space was only about 20-25 cm wide (left image), and there were at least 6 or 8 people in the aisle way (right image), plus another 8 or so in the vestibule behind the door. It’s outrageous.

I don’t know what your transport system is like, but ours is hideously overcrowded, too. In 2014, The Daily Telegraph published this photo in an article about overcrowding (left), but most days, on the suburban trains during peak hour, it looks more like this (right):

The buses are just as bad, if not worse (source):

And, being road based vehicles, overcrowding and over capacity on the buses is so much more concerning - the chances of being in a collision is so much higher on the road, than on rail.

The majority of buses and trains have CCTV, but I can tell you, from personal experience that when there are that many people on a bus, all you can see are heads, and shoulders. Anything could be happening, and the CCTV, nor most of the passengers would be any the wiser (and by ‘anything’ I mean assault, and by ‘could’ I mean did, does, and will continue to do so).

Sorry, that got away from me, and turned into a bit of a rant.

TL;DR: I feel you: public transport is inconvenient, inadequate, shitty, dangerous and expensive.

Being squeezed behind the seat must’ve been uncomfortable. It varies here. Rush hour public transport is usually a nightmare but generally not so bad the rest of the time. Rush hour on the Underground in Central London is absolute hell and should be avoided at all costs.

The bus I used to get to work was like that but the vast majority of people on it were school kids and sometimes it would get to the point where the driver wouldn’t even stop to let people on it was so crowded. Being squashed up against 50+ teenagers for half an hour at 8am was horrendous and not safe. After about a week I decided I’d walk a bit furthur to another stop to get a different bus and thankfully that one was usually ok. I was lucky I had that option.

It wasn’t too bad, because I am tiny, but I would have preferred not to be there. There is an occasional twinge from one of the muscles in my back, but I wasn’t squished up against any of the other commuters, so I consider that a win.

I’ll have to remember about the London Tube at peak hour though; I’ll be in the UK for a little while in July, and in London for a few days. London actually dwarfs Sydney, so I wouldn’t be surprised if peak hour in London was worse.

And school children on buses are pretty horrendous, although, in my experience mostly benign. Not good in a sensory sense, though. Loud, belligerent, often sweaty.

But yeah, things are really not designed form people who don’t drive, are they?

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