Public transport in Australia has been a real topic of debate these last years, especially compared to the rest of the world. While countries such as Singapore and China have a thriving metro system, Australia has only just recently got on board with its metro routes. The most recent addition is Sydney Metro. Since we’re a little behind everyone else, it makes sense that we need to accelerate public transport improvements to make things more comfortable for our rising population.
Taking Public Transport
City dwellers try to avoid the peak hour crushes, especially when they need to catch public transport. However, it’s no easy feat when you start work at a certain time, along with thousands of others. We’re then often subject to standing on moving vehicles for long periods of time in order to travel to and from places. This isn’t the most ideal position to be in on this mode of transportation but it must be done. It doesn’t help that one of the other popular modes of transportation (cars) has a limited amount of parking spaces available. So who wins?
Road congestion is at an all time high, especially in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. With public transport not really putting a dent in this issue, we want to see results from the billion dollar public transport improvement projects. Sydney Metro was a great start, but other nations have already had these regional and metro services for years. At the moment, it seems like Australia is more playing catch-up than improving its transportation in relation to the rising population.
There are so many people in the main cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Public transport has to be flexible and have progressed enough so that commuters aren’t waiting for a long time. Or squished into small compartments for their entire commute for that matter. Sydney Metro does help over 66,000 commuters get to and from the city. However, there have been a few incidents, including significant delays and trackwork being conducted since its opening earlier this year.
What to Do about Delays/System Issues?
The issue doesn’t just include delays and system errors. It’s also a shortage of drivers for all modes of public transportation. This has caused some of the delays on the trains and buses, with vehicles waiting up to half an hour for a driver to arrive. In order to actually experience the changes in regards to delays, we need more trained drivers working the roads and railways.
Renting your own Space
In spite of the amount of traffic one experiences everyday, there are no real signs of numbers decreasing. That’s when parking comes into the equation. With so many vehicles looking for parking each day, it’s no surprise that congestion levels are through the roof. People have resorted to parking many blocks away from their destination. Instead of resorting to this, you have more luck finding a parking space to rent for a period of time. It’s a surefire way to ensure that you’ve got a parking space to use that’s close to your destination, whether it be the shops or your workplace.
There are many factors that add up to our current congestion levels. But there are things that we all can work towards in order to reduce this and make our lives collectively easier. More drivers and engineers will see more public transport vehicles being operated and less mechanical issues happening. Street parking will probably not be able to change as quickly. However, renting your own parking space will take the pressure off of you to circle around the block endlessly, trying to find a vacant spot.