One thing I hate about Queensland.

Posted: November 30, 2010 in ChDV's life, Rants

Why can’t Translink provide transport during late nights and early mornings? That’s what I, probably, hate the most about Queensland.

I had this situation a few times in the past, when I was forced to stay up all night in the City due to the lack of transportation means after 12 am.

In Russian, for example, we have buses, trolleybuses, metro (subways) trains running all the time in all major cities. Even in the city like Magnitogorsk (which has population of slightly over 400 000) we were able to catch a trolleybus to the train station at 3 (f*cking) am!

Right now, we live in Narangba, so I have to catch a Caboolture train each time I need to go home (and I do need to go home quite frequently, surprise-surprise!). During workdays (except for Fridays) the last Caboolture train departs from the Central station at 11:37 pm. I had this situation a few times in the past, when I was staying in the City with my friends watching a late movie session, or had a busy nightshift at work, which made me late just for a few minutes. If you come to the train station a few minutes late, it automatically means that you have to stay in the City until 5 am (or catch a taxi cab and pay $80-100 for a safe trip home). I mean, WTF!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I know that it would be quite costly for the Government to run a 24-hour transport services, but, on the other hand, wouldn’t it increase the profits for all the local businesses by stimulating the nightlife? I mean, if they wouldn’t have to worry about missing the last train/bus home, people would probably stay in the City for a longer time, going to clubs, bars and pubs, spending money (stimulating the economy growth) and having fun.

What we have now – is Brisbane that looks pretty much like a post-apocalyptic city every morning between 12 am and 5 am. If only Translink could keep running buses and trains during that time, maybe less frequently, like, run them every hour, instead of every 30 minutes, then people would have something to rely on….

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