Commuters’ tales: No room to sit – even in the toilet – BBC News

Bhasker Solanki photographed commuters on an early morning train from Surat to Mumbai.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.bbc.co.uk

When I first started catching the Northern Express Bus from the Auckland’s CBD to the North Shore around the evening peak, there were queues of 20-30 people standing for ages, despite there appearing to be plenty of space on the bus.

I went and asked an Auckland Transport Metro employee why there was a queue. He said that these people didn’t want to have to stand on the bus trip so they were waiting for the next bus, I said that I didn’t mind standing and asked if I could get on the bus that was sitting at the head of the queue, He said sure, and I did.

Now I appreciate there is a difference between standing on a footpath and standing on a moving bus, but I didn’t feel it was that much difference unless you are carrying heavy baggage. You’re still standing and you’re getting to your destination sooner.

Also I note an argument from passengers that if the bus was full at the station, passengers at stops farther along the run wouldn’t be able to get on, but that’s just a logistics problem for transport planners and I doubt that they are standing at the bus stop in deference to passengers at other urban bus stops.

Experiencing that and then looking at these images and reading stories from Mumbai, it shows that we are dealing with very much a first world problem. That’s not to say our services aren’t improving. I sat in the front seat of one of the new Auckland double-decker buses last week and if I hadn’t been so busy working, would have been admiring a view that I would recommend to tourists as we approached and crossed the Auckland Harbour Bridge (although perhaps not at peak:).

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About Luigi Cappel

Writer for hire, marketing consultant specialising in Location Based Services. Futurist and Public Speaker Auckland, New Zealand
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