I live in Sheffield in the UK, and Sheffield has got what must be one of the best public transport systems in the country.
Well, you would think so. There are bus stops every 200-300 yards or so, there is the supertram system. There are lots and lots of different bus companies.
Ah, now here we have a problem. There are lots and lots of different bus companies. There are only a few really profitable routes. So what we end up with, is lots and lots of different buses, all trying to pick up the same people.
This is great if you live on one of the popular routes, but not so great if you don't.
Recently my car was in the garage getting mended rather longer than I thought it would be, so I had to get to the other side of the city in order to get a lift with someone I work with. Shouldn't be a problem I thought, after all, Sheffield has got a really good public transport system.
So I set off, at 5:55 in the morning (I usually set of at about 7:45, and get to work early). I missed the bus, DAMM. It was 10 minutes early. Well there are only 2 buses an hour (unfortunatly for me, I don't live on one of the popular routes). So I stand at the bus stop waiting, I wait, and wait. The next bus is 10 minutes late. It takes me 15 minutes to get to the tram stop. The bus arrives two minutes after the tram leaves. Yes, the bus was on time, and so was the tram. The timetable is designed that way.
So I'm standing around, waiting for the tram. 18 minutes later, the tram arrives. I get on. I sit there, reading Metro (we have that in Sheffield to, the Northern edition). I read that. I read it again. I sit there.
The tram stops, it waits, people get on, people get off. The tram waits some more.
($DEITY), this takes forever. I eventually get to the tram terminus, where my work pal is picking me up. We arrive at work, it's 5 minutes past nine.
Believe me, I won't be doing that again in a hurry.