Monday, March 17, 2008

Proof Melbourne's public transport is overpriced

I'm paying $6 to be trapped in a steel box on wheels to get to the city and there is no air cooling. Do excuse the whinge post: it's 38 degrees heat!


At March 17, 2008 2:23 pm, Anonymous Dave Bath said...

I wonder if there is a duty of care on the part of the service provider to take reasonable steps to ensure customers are unlikely to suffer heat stroke or related medical emergencies.

At March 18, 2008 10:55 am, Blogger Mark Lawrence said...

Hi Dave, thanks for your comment. I wondered the same thing when I observed an elderly lady struggle to keep her footing while using the ticket machine on that same tram ride (she managed without incident, though). She had bared the heat while waiting on the footpath for the tram, and she would have had to bare the heat - and stuffiness - on the tram itself. The elderly and young children feel the heat so much more.

The ride home from the city was no better – again one of the older style trams, with the windows lowered a bit to allow a gap of air to flow through. Unfortunately, at peak hour, there were so many people, and hardly any fresh air flowing through.

Not that the air outside was any cooler.

How do we, as a 'carbon constricted society (in the new parlance), encourage people to use' public transport instead of drive around in their petrol-fueled, air-conditioned cars if we can't offer them affordable, comfortable, and safe public transport that is a reliable alternative?

At March 18, 2008 10:57 am, Blogger Mark Lawrence said...

Uh, I meant 'bore' the heat. duh.


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