The debate about replacing Wellington’s bus fleet may be mis-directed. How about the issue of whether Wellington has enough buses? Here’s the problem, as revealed in this morning’s information from MetLink:
Route3 departing Lyall Bay at 8:00 did not run between Lyall Bay and Courtenay Place due to bus availability.
Route2 departing Miramar at 08:10 will not run due to bus availability.
Route25 departing Strathmore at 08:05 will not run due to bus availability.
Route1 departing Island Bay at 08:12 will not run due to bus availability.
Route6 departing Lyall Bay at 07:55 will not run due to bus availability.
Route5 departing Hataitai School at 08:10 will not run. due to bus availability.
Route2 departing Kilbirnie Shops at 07:57 will not run due to bus availability.
Then there was this unexplained problem:
Route7 departing Kingston at 07:52 is running 15 minutes late due to driver
Did he or she sleep in? There’s been no explanation, and no apology, from MetLink.
And no explanation why traffic problems stopped two buses from running.
Route130 departing Petone Station at 09:00 did not run due to traffic congestion.
Route14 departing the Airport Retail Park at 09:48 did not run between Rongotai and Hataitai due to traffic.