The survey - What you said

Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The Otago Daily Times recently placed 200 survey forms under the windscreen wipers of cars in streets and all-day parks around Dunedin Railway Station.

The survey was intended to gather some of the perceptions car commuters hold about the bus service.

Only 28 forms were returned and the survey's scientific veracity is something a transport researcher could probably drive a bus through.

But it did provide a view of buses from the car commuter's point of view.


FOURTEEN OF THE 28 RESPONDERS MENTIONED BUS FARES.

St Clair Park: "It's probably cheaper to take my car and pay for a park."

Mosgiel: "Car pooling is cheaper and more convenient."

Musselburgh: "I would use them every day if they were cheaper than my fuel bill. It doesn't cost me $28 a week for petrol."

Andersons Bay: "It's cheaper for two of us to travel by car than pay for three zones each way."

Wakari: "Lower the fares. $4.40 a day is too much to pay when I can drive for less."

Mosgiel: "I could not afford to get the bus return trip home, as it was so expensive. I did the crunching of numbers. No way."

Central City: "If my car was more of a gas-guzzler, then I would use the bus."


TWELVE HAD COMMENTS ON THE COMFORT OF BUSES, THE DRIVERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TO DO WITH THE BUSES.

Tainui: "[Buses are] far from environmentally friendly, as my small car does not belch black smoke all over the city. Public transport should be the core of a city. It's a shame our buses are so dirty and expensive."

Warrington: "Should not be allowed to have large buses on the main street."

Wingatui: "I wish the buses here weren't so filthy in terms of air pollution. They are awful. We need electric buses."

Wakari: "Drivers with better knowledge of services and better customer relations [required]."

Company Bay: "We need solar or electric powered hop-on, hop-off buses doing a city circuit. I would rather catch a water taxi."

Musselburgh: "Wouldn't mind if the drivers were a bit smoother with the stops and starts. Quite uncomfortable after a hard day at work."

Fairfield: "It is relaxing; more so than driving. Better for health and wellbeing."

St Clair: "Tidy and good service [required]."

Andersons Bay: "Time to read, contemplate, let someone else do the driving. Unfortunately, can't choose your passenger. It's a lucky dip."

Warrington: "Terrible driving."

Ocean Grove: "Cold."


TEN MENTIONED FREQUENCY/CONVENIENCE.

Ocean Grove: "More frequency (required); more like Wellington, where I never drive."

Warrington: "Too difficult. Doesn't fit with work times."

Wingatui: "Only one bus each morning from Wingatui. Useless."

Wakari: "More regular [services] at the end of the day [required]."

Central City: "The bus system in Dunedin is a catch 22. If more people used it, it would be cheaper and run to a better schedule, but until both those things are achieved, I won't use it unless I have to."

Dalmore: "Dunedin's bus service seems to be extraordinarily crowded in the centre of town but a bit patchy in many suburbs."

Musselburgh: "Dunedin is fighting an uphill battle to get more people to use buses. Taking your car to work is too easy."

Andersons Bay: "Pretty good service during working hours. It amazes me that people drive their cars to town and then have a 10- or 15-minute walk to their work. They don't seem to like the idea of walking to and from a bus stop."


EIGHT MENTIONED BUS STOPS.

Concord: "It is not convenient waiting in the rain. A closer stop to work [required]."

Warrington: "Bus company refuses to service Coast Rd and therefore Seacliff and Warrington do not have a bus service."

Ocean Grove: "Twenty minutes to walk uphill (to bus stop)."

Kew: "Too cold waiting at bus stop."


SEVEN MENTIONED TRAVELLING TIME.

Company Bay: "Long. Doesn't exactly go by a direct route. Goes Andersons Bay Rd, not Portsmouth Dr."

Mosgiel: "Takes too long to get to work by bus, 45min. Only 20min by car."

Burnside: "Took longer to get to work and home than driving."


FIVE REFERRED TO BUSES BEING LATE.

St Clair Park: "I have heard at times they never show up."

Andersons Bay: "Trip in is always fine. Trip home, the bus seldom arrives on time."

Green Island: "I had to stand around for ages waiting."


ONE REFERRED TO THE TIMETABLE.

St Clair Park: "Make the bus timetable easier to read. It really puts me off."


The survey also asked when commuters had last used a bus and what sort of experience that was.

Andersons Bay: "Today. Good."

St Clair: "Christmas Eve. Trip OK. Clean tidy bus."

Company Bay: "Just before Christmas. Long."

Andersons Bay: "Mid-December. Half an hour on a different route than I would normally take."

Andersons Bay: "Late last year. I had to wait 30mins."

Central City: "November. It was fine. No drama."

Wakari: "Three months ago. Late."

Mosgiel: "Three months ago. Long."

Ocean Grove: "Three months ago. Good but infrequent buses. It was cold and not reliable."

Musselburgh: "Three months ago. Good in the morning. Horrible after work due to the many stops and starts."

St Clair Park: "August. Just an average bus trip."

Burnside: "Mid-last year. Bus ran late."

Green Island: "Last year. Slow."

Tomahawk: "Last year. Fine."

Wingatui: "A year ago. Unremarkable."

Mosgiel: "One year ago. A good trip, good service, two choices of transport home, express or normal bus route. No complaints apart from cost."

Tainui: "Two and a-half years ago. Expensive and the bus arrived 10mins late."

Concord: "Three years ago. Fine."

Kew: "A few years ago. Unpleasant. Filled with school children."

Central City: "Ten years ago. Fine. Just the usual trip on a bus."

Warrington: "Twenty years ago. Can't remember."

Warrington: "Years ago. Can't remember."

Waitati: "Once. Experience for my children."

 

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