I absolutely agree with this. I made a 25 page submission to
the ORC last year, saying why the bus timetable was so hard
to understand and how to improve it. (I like recreational
maths and this is an interesting problem.) Response from the
These are not bus timetables - they are just operators' run
schedules i.e. they provide the information the drivers need,
not the information the passengers need.
In addition to that problem (and partly because of it)
timetables for the various routes are not organised into
north, south and east quadrants, meaning that a traveller
cannot zoom in on the area they wish to travel around.
Then, in addition to that problem, there are different
timetables for each route for weekdays until about 6pm, then
another one for Saturdays and evenings and then still another
one for Sundays and public holidays (if you are lucky enough
to get any Sunday service).
I asked the ORC to implement a route planner (an online
travel path search engine) using Google Transit's free
service about three years ago. Result? Zero.
Since the ORC is so unresponsive, this year, in my Annual
Plan submission, I am asking the DCC to implement the journey
planner and also put complete route and bus stop location
info on the DCC web maps. The present timetables don't even
have maps, merely incomplete and not-to scale sketches.
The DCC will have to negotiate with the ORC about doing this.
It's a ridiculous and dysfunctional set-up that the DCC does
not have responsibility for city bus services.
Dunedin's public transport system has grown over the years
into a conglomeration of different routes provided by
different bus companies, and all are designed to take
commuters from an outer terminus to the city centre. Hence
there is duplication of effort all over the place and
congestion in George St.
It seems that no-one has looked at the whole resulting
system. A little cost effective tweaking could integrate it
and make provision for transfers. which would vastly improve
the scope at little expense.
Good timetable info is essential and it can also be built-in
by making the routes and departures times more standardised
(i.e. clock-face scheduling where the bus leaves at the same
number of minutes past the hour). Vast improvements are
possible at relatively little expense by thinking smart, not