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Public transportís biggest problemÖ the public (thatís us) : Comments

By Ross Elliott, published 4/11/2015

Social and economic change to the nature of work is changing the shape of employment decisions and has forever changed the nature of the commute.

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The problem of the elderly and Public Transport could be rectified by assigning the Elderly as public transport.

In order to justify Age Pensions 4 hours service in peak commuting periods per day will be made mandatory utilising rickshaws, tri-shaws and dinking cycles in the next 2016-2017 Financial Year.

Social Security Inspectors on city corners and RSLs will handcuff said Elderly to their richshaws for the required 4 daily hours to prevent cheating and crude fraternising.

The advantages in terms of health improvement could justify 20% reductions in State and Federal health budgets for those 60 and over.

It would also get them out and about where they belong.
Posted by plantagenet, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 10:50:32 AM
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This article displays a very poor understanding of public transport, and indeed of cities.

Most public transport is designed to accommodate suburb to suburb journeys. Most bus routes are focussed on suburban destinations. On most trains to the CBD A significant proportion of passengers get off at intermediate stations, and there are also many passengers travelling against the peak flow.

Although the CBD is declining slightly relative to suburban destinations in terms of commuter numbers, it's growing both in absolute terms and by work value. We neglect it at our peril!

Public transport does need to serve more locations more frequently for more of the time than ever. In many cases it now does, though many would consider the standard of service to be inadequate.

In outer suburban locations, public transport is more likely to be a solution for connectivity than for congestion, as there's not much congestion there yet.
Posted by Aidan, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 11:45:52 AM
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Rickshaw runs need only be 3-6km each way between 2 or 3 suburbs at a light sprint. As pullers are getting on.

Perhaps new immigrants from China or India may be well used to this employment. Good for the whole family and they would get to know the locals. https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS4JCQqMBBk_btiR_Y4IQ0Btfy43sQhSHAhR31Fau4mCWH6tIsp

Uber possibilities and racing encouraged. https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQRDSJ6yX8x1PmKVFqS8IxIVqU6mwFlaG2BtH2Hw1iNPeswevRbPg
Posted by plantagenet, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 3:15:11 PM
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organized crime gangs & identity thieves also deliberately target seniors slums & public housing estates to steal pension cards, just a letter from Centrelink with your name address & DOB is enough to set up a new fake ID. Also older people are more vulnerable physically, easier to stand over & steal from, especially if they are wealthy, middle class, don't have guns to defend themselves with. The criminals have guns, the police do too, half an hour to an hour or three hours later when they turn up. Good luck with defending yourself against a crazed criminal or gang of them invading your home, juiced up on roids, speed, coke or adrenalin while waiting for the police to arrive. if we raise the GST to 30% maybe we can afford to have an armed policeman on every corner.

Why can't our communities be safe? isn't citizen safety the first responsibility of governments that expect you to 1, pay tax & 2, be UN-armed. How hard would it be for an ambulance chasing lawyer to organize a class action based on deliberate or careless lack of community safety from the ruling, left wing elites & their antisocial engineering?
Posted by imacentristmoderate, Thursday, 5 November 2015 6:31:44 AM
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Public transport needs to get a critical mass and coverage, as presently it really only covers the inner city and surrounding suburbs. For someone living near a transport hub and travelling to the city, public transport is a viable alternative. For those not near a bus stop or not travelling on the spokes, public transport is not viable.

In the interim the Greens and other loonies don't want to spend any money on roads.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Friday, 6 November 2015 4:21:59 PM
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The corrupt Victoria Government does not mention that there is a Smartbus (901) Airport bus that travels from Tullamarine Airport to Ringwood, then onto Frankston.First service 6am weekends then 7 am weekdays then 2 or 3 services hourly.
It is run by the Government and costs less than $4 to travel all day around Melbourne for pensioners, $8 for full payers.
It is possible to go from the Airport to Broadmeadows Station and connect with the Metro network.
This is sometimes quicker than using the Private Skybus that takes you to Spencer Street Station where you still have to pay the same for a MYKI card.
Yes the Victorian Government keeps talking of connecting the Airport with the City,except it has a corrupt deal with Skybus and the media
to keep the lie,that no public transport to the city exists.
Posted by BROCK, Saturday, 7 November 2015 9:57:52 AM
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