Tuesday, 16 May 2017

GWRC: Brand new buses headed for Wellington

Essentially what we get from this change of the bus system in Wellington is the same smoke and mirrors as seen in other centres like Christchurch and Dunedin. A "better bus system" is one that is cheaper to run in order for politicians to have more money to spend on vote buying exercises like fare concessions.

As is abundantly clear from other recent headlines posted here the bus drivers are up in arms that this lower service cost is being achieved by cutting their wages and conditions. 

It is clear that one method implemented for cost savings is to bring in a hub-spoke model as other centres have done, where low volume routes are changed into local services transferring to a high volume route at a local hub.

Key summary is many of the claims made by GWRC about improving the bus system are very questionable. There is a clear lack of honesty in spinning these changes as an improved system as user experiences will, in actuality, vary widely.