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#10. Life without trains

I bumped into one of my high school friends this morning who is Australian born Lebanese at Glenfield station. He was texting to his cousin in Lebanon as he was walking down the stairs and before he said hi to me, he took a photo of the train that was approaching our platform.

This was our conversation:

 

Me: What the hell was that

My friend: I took a photo of the train

Me: For?

My friends : There’s no trains in Lebanon. My cousin asked me to show him

How would you feel if we didn’t have trains?Image#1.

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#9. I appreciate the existence of public transport, not Cityrail or Busabouts.

Just going back to the verdict on Cityrail’s new train timetable, I just got a very interesting request from this page called “Restore the Inner West Line between Lidcombe & Liverpool” on Facebook to sign a petition to help them restore some of the train lines that have been cut off. The person have reassured me that yes, Cityrail is obviously not the best train company in the world.

A lot of people seem to assume that I’m running this page to praise Cityrail or Busabouts, but through this post, I would really really like to emphasise that I’m doing this campaign because I appreciate the existence of public transport.

About a year ago, I moved to a suburb where there are no buses so I have been forced to drive every single day to go to uni or even just to drive to a station. There’s no where to park at the car park next to the station after 8am in the morning and that’s what made me realise the importance of having public transport in our society.

So please, don’t misunderstand my support towards public transport!

And additionally, if you want. follow me on

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-transport-isnt-that-horrible/196026923903627)

or

Twitter ( https://twitter.com/I_Heart_PT )

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#8. ugh.road rage

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That.is.so.very.true

It is exactly how I feel when I’m driving. People get angry when I’m driving 70km/h in a 70km/h zone. I get angry when people speed and make me feel like I’m a loser. Even though we know what is the right way to drive according to what we learnt when we tried to get our L’s, a lot of people start to not follow the rules as they get their red P’s, Green P’s and full license.

As I have mentioned in the previous post, road rage often gives people an extremely high stress level that could be equivalent to the feeling of skydiving.  So, why not catch a bus today and be free of road rage for one day at least?

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#7. Driving can be as stressful as skydiving.

Audi’s interesting investigation on the emotive aspects of driving! Check out this cool video!

They designed a series of experiments that measure stress and frustration level during real-world driving tasks using physiological sensors and face/body tracking technologies. Audi claims that driving can be as stressful as skydiving, and I absolutely understand where that statement is coming from.

Personally, the biggest frustration I experience during driving is when I’m mega sleepy but I still need to keep driving.

So, what does everyone think? What’s your most annoying/stressful moment when you’re driving?

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#6. New transport timetable verdict

One of the biggest major changes in Cityrail’s timetable has finally happened and it’s yet to measure its efficiency.

I personally think it has made my train trip much much better, for example, it takes me less than 30 minutes to travel from glenfield station central station now when it used to take me around 40 minutes. Now I get more trains during peak hours on my line, more express trains and consequently, less crowded trains.

But this also means now my train skips a lot of stations, including Beverly Hills, East hills, Panania…etc.

Even though I support people’s use of public transport, I wonder if creating such a major change is a good thing for everyone if one part massively disadvantaged. Cityrail just could’ve added a few extra trains to some of the busiest lines. Not cutting the pre-existing trains.

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#5. Parking Parking Parking!

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Above picture has been taken from the Sydney Morning Herald, <http://www.smh.com.au/national/forget-petrol-costs-sydney-shares-world-top-billing-for-parking-fees-20090707-dbvv.html >

It’s terrible reality to face when you come back to your car 5 minutes later than your ticket expiry time and there’s a fine on your clean car window. I have personally experienced it a couple of times, even at my own university.

One of the most recent times was when I went to uni to hand in my assignment.I thought it’d take me less than 10 minutes to do it so I paid my ticket worth 15  minutes ( it costed more $5 for that), however, I came back like 10 minutes and I was fined for $101. 101, what an ambiguous number.

As can be seen above, according to research, Sydney’s central business districts are part of world’s most expensive parking spaces. $657 monthly is a huge amount of money; I would have to sell my car to afford that.

So why don’t we attempt to catch buses and trains more often? I know it’s hard to get back on public transport after starting to drive, but it is definitely more cost-efficient.