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ACTION Movements and Shakeups

It looks like there are a few changes on the way at ACTION [1] in the coming months.

Firstly, I have it on good authority that the timetables will be changed in August, which means drivers will be given new shifts (or more correctly, they will choose new shifts), and a new rostering system will be in place. I’ll address these points in a moment.

Secondly, the word from inside ACTION is that CEO Peter Wallace is resigning, I can’t confirm this, but it certainly seems to be the buzz eminating from ACTION insiders at the moment.

Now, back to the timetables, it was mentioned on a bus enthusiast website a few weeks ago that ACTION are going to change the timetables [2] (Comment by Busnerd, 4th from top) to a new system which will “cut travel times to that of a private car”, a feat which is impossible for many reasons. Anyway, I decided to follow up on the story and was told by ACTION insiders that August is the proposed date for the new timetables, apparently this will also mean a change in rostering to help get drivers onto weekends. It is also possible that Flexibus will be scrapped (about time!), and standard route services will return to nights.

All of this is still well and truly up in the air at this stage, and may turn out to be incorrect if ACTION management change their mind, although from what I’m hearing, it seems pretty definite.

Samuel

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#1 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 3, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

Glad I have my 1979 Mazda 626 to get around in !

#2 Comment By heatseeker On April 3, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

Pity about the pushbike!

#3 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 3, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

Not really ….. I was glad to see the back of it actually, because I had to keep pumping up the tyres all the time !

#4 Comment By Samuel On April 3, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

So it was never found?

#5 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 4, 2006 @ 12:16 am

Nope .

#6 Comment By Samuel On April 4, 2006 @ 12:32 am

That’s a real shame John, I can only hope that the thief was riding it somewhere and the tyres went flat on them!

Thieves are dirty rotten scoundrels in my opinion.

#7 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 4, 2006 @ 7:37 am

Agreed !

#8 Comment By Samuel On April 4, 2006 @ 7:50 am

Incidentally, I thought that it would only be fair to share this information (about ACTION) with the people who got me thinking about it in the first place, and as such I have posted a copy of it on the bus enthusiast forum linked in the article above.

#9 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 4, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

As much as I like Buses, I prefer Combino D Class Trams. 100% low floor and air conditioned.

#10 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 4, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

I prefer the old Brisbane trams (no air conditioning ) .

#11 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 4, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

Well I think you should try the new Melbourne ones John. They also fly.

#12 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 4, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

Yes, so I noticed in that somewhat bizarre opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games .

#13 Comment By heatseeker On April 4, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

Bike thieves should get big rocks and drop them on their heads!

#14 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 4, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

So should Tram thieves. I refer to the incident when a 14 year old stole one late last year. I hope he is enjoying Turana.

#15 Comment By heatseeker On April 4, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

It’s a bit dumb stealing a tram … it’s not as if you could stash it in your shed, but you could pick up some good cash, oh, hold on, no-one in Melbourne pays for tram fares …

#16 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 4, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

You could just give it a quick respray then change the plates. No one would be the wiser.

#17 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 4, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

Samuel. I before E except after C. There are exceptions to the rule ie neighbours, neither and a million scientific terms.

#18 Comment By Samuel On April 4, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

Chuck, which part of my text are you referring to?

#19 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 4, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

Theives should be Thieves

#20 Comment By Samuel On April 5, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

Of course, I shouldn’t be typing when I’m tired. It’s all fixed now, thanks Chuck.

#21 Comment By wonko the sane On April 5, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

That story of the tram thief is gold. Apparently he drove all around picking up passengers and stuff.

#22 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

Yes he did. I have inside information on this theft.

#23 Comment By Samuel On April 5, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

Was it you Chuck? Perhaps you were a passenger? Or maybe you were on the jury (in which case I don’t think I’m legally allowed to have you admit that AND provide information).

#24 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 6, 2006 @ 11:19 am

Hmmmmm ……. sounds like something straight out of “Yolanda & The Thief ” .