Posted by: Gregory | May 29, 2014

Easy Bits: Adelaide Road Bus Stop

One of the reasons behind the Easy Bits series is that small tasks are often more easily handled than large tasks. The end result should be a series of resolved problems. In this case, WCC has already logged the issue and I may see results soon.

The back-story is that with Metlink having updated the timetables for the Island Bay services, the stop nearest my house gets more frequent buses during peak hours. It’s not my favourite bus stop – there’s neither shelter for waiting passengers nor space for the bus to pull in – but it’s nearby. When I got there, I was prompted to send this tweet:

and within minutes, someone at council was on it:

To be fair, there’s a bit of cost associated with this change. There would be 1 or 2 car parks removed to make space for the bounding box for the bus stop. However, I’m tempted to think that the lack of bounding box was an oversight, so the change will be more along the lines of righting a historical wrong.

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Responses

  1. Nice work! Nice to know WCC is responsive. I’ve been thinking about the possibilites of making an app which allows people to tag real life locations with problems and report them to the relevant civic authorities (e.g. grafiti, bus stop not painted etc). But I have no experience coding so it’s very pie in the sky at the moment 🙂

    • I’ve used WCC’s app for things like that. It collects info from you and generates an email to send. Obviously limited to one council, but it does its job well enough. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nz.co.android.touchtech

      • Oh cool I didn’t realise that app existed! Thanks 🙂

      • Happy to help. I think there are others as well. FixMyStreet looks active in NZ.

  2. Now that the bus stop is properly painted in, I’ve been seeing other people starting to use the stop on a regular basis. Buses are easily able to pull to the kerb, which minimises traffic blockage, and passengers are able to board and alight without navigating parked cars or stepping out onto the road. People are responding to this.


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