This evening, I waited almost half an hour for a bus which runs every 20 minutes.
I arrived at the stop eight minutes before a bus was due, only to watch helplessly as one pulled away. Annoying, yes, but maybe that was just the previous one being late. Eight minutes later, no bus.
Twenty minutes after that, the next bus came along, right on cue. It turns out that I missed my original bus because I was only eight minutes early for it.
I don't know why they bother actually printing timetables. I can understand a bus leaving a minute early or so, but eight?
Here the buses run to a published timetable with a handful of key stops in it. I've seen buses wait at these stops when they arrived early (not that they did so often). As such, it's astounding that a bus driver can just decide to leave 8 minutes early.
They usually aren't too bad in Adelaide, but i still don't use them unless i have to because when you need to get somewhere on time, you are bound to have a 'bus missing in the Bermuda Triangle' episode. At least if i ride my bike, i know i'm the one who's made myself late.
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