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Friendly public transport

Do you find using public transport a pleasant way to travel? I love going by tram here in Adelaide, I always find someone to have a chat to. People are generally happy to have a conversation with me. It might be my "silver hair" that makes me seem friendly (which I am) as I have people of all ages starting up a conversation with me nearly every trip. I even had a little girl (about 4 or 5 yrs) - who was dressed as a fairy - say to me that she wasn't a real fairy!! I have chatted with people from many different countires who are holidaying here and have found that most enjoyable. Is it that people find Adelaide a friendly place or is it just me?

Last reply: 8th Aug 2012 / 20 replies / Post by CAT17

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DizzyLizzy

Posted by: DizzyLizzy
Posted: 3rd Jul 2011

DizzyLizzy says: We dont have trams here in Hamilton, but I do take the bus now and then. Like you enjoy chatting with passagers. The sad thing on the buses is the school children and their languge. Having to listen to what comes out there mouths. In our days you were polite, gave up your seat for the elderly.Oh well thats these times. Reply

CAT17

Posted by: CAT17
Posted: 4th Jul 2011

DizzyLizzy says: We dont have trams here in Hamilton, but I do take the bus now and then. Like you enjoy chatting with passagers. The sad thing on the buses is the school children and their languge. Having to...

CAT17 says: Hi DizzyLizzy (love the tag) Take my advice and dont travel peak time! I avoid kids and workers so travel between 9am and 3pm. That is the time the seniors are on the tram and we are all polite and kind to each other! Reply

CAT17

Posted by: CAT17
Posted: 4th Jul 2011

DizzyLizzy says: We dont have trams here in Hamilton, but I do take the bus now and then. Like you enjoy chatting with passagers. The sad thing on the buses is the school children and their languge. Having to...

CAT17 says: Hi DizzyLizzy (love the tag) Take my advice and dont travel peak time! I avoid kids and workers so travel between 9am and 3pm. That is the time the seniors are on the tram and we are all polite and kind to each other! Reply

easyriderj22

Posted by: easyriderj22
Posted: 4th Jul 2011

easyriderj22 says: Hi Cat, I think it is probably that you have an approachable, non-threatening look about you, but also I am sure Adelaide is a friendly place! I recently was taken by a friend on the train from Papatoetoe to Auckland, as she has the Gold Card that allows free off peak travel for seniors (which I will be in a few months!). I thoroughly enjoyed it as it is a welcome break from driving the car through the thousands of people using the motorways. I loved it and will be doing it again as often as I can, most people had someone with them they were chatting away to, as I was, but the staff on the train were also very ready to stop and have a friendly word. It was a lovely experience and made me think that there are a lot of things going for us seniors! Yay for the silver hair. Reply

CAT17

Posted by: CAT17
Posted: 4th Jul 2011

easyriderj22 says: Hi Cat, I think it is probably that you have an approachable, non-threatening look about you, but also I am sure Adelaide is a friendly place! I recently was taken by a friend on the train from...

CAT17 says: Hi easyriderj22! I havent travelled much by train, though did travel from Sydney to Adelaide on the Indian Pacific a few years ago (fantastic trip) Would like to do a bit of travel within the state as seniors do get a freebie. Train travel is relaxing and you do get to see lots of the country. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Keep chatting to your fellow travellers, it makes for a very pleasant journey! Reply

fabsnake

Posted by: fabsnake
Posted: 21st Jul 2011

fabsnake says: my interpretation of friendly public transport is my recent experience in Beijing on the subway - absolutely packed with hundreds of people but trains every 5 minutes and 2 Chinese RMB (~AU$0.30) for a ride anywhere in the network. When there are so many people in a city to move around, trains underground beats anything on the surface when there are so many traffic jams and smog. That's "friendly" as far as I'm concerned! Reply

cedar51

Posted by: cedar51
Posted: 23rd Jul 2011

cedar51 says: trains in Auckland region are far nicer than most of the buses...more space especially when you need to get off and say put on your jacket or coat. No jerking you around when they have stop. If you don't teens in your headspace do not catch anything just before 3 or around that time... Reply

Jim

Posted by: Jim
Posted: 26th Jul 2011

Jim says: no apart from long trips with little stops Reply

CAT17

Posted by: CAT17
Posted: 26th Jul 2011

Jim says: no apart from long trips with little stops

CAT17 says: Hi Jim sorry your public transport experience not so good - maybe you dont live in a friendly city! I would love to take a looooooooooooong trip then I could chat and chat!! Reply

alm

Posted by: alm
Posted: 17th Mar 2012

alm says: I doubt if you would feel the same when you're in Melbourne.. First of all the whole transportation system is a huge mess.. not enough trains for some area around Melb. Often delayed and not according to scheduled time. And to top it all off every year they increase the price of the tickets' fare! Reply

Demonbunny

Posted by: Demonbunny
Posted: 18th Mar 2012

Demonbunny says: my public transport is actually pretty good too but yer ad is pretty good Reply

lynneeime

Posted by: lynneeime
Posted: 21st Apr 2012

lynneeime says: I can no longer travel by buses because I have a fear of them. I have been involved in 3 accidents with buses and while the first one was the worst regarding injuries, my second affected me physocologically. I was under a physcologist for 15 months before I could ride buses confidently. By my third accident, I just cant handle the thought of getting on a bus at all. Now all my friends say they would never travel with me on a bus because I am jinxed. Reply

Brogers

Posted by: Brogers
Posted: 23rd Apr 2012

Brogers says: I generally would love to catch the trains and bus around, but at this certain point in time i dont like to ride the train at night considering all the young hooligans around. I have been name called and thrown stuff at, its quite discusting if you ask me...thats why i use my car. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 26th Apr 2012

Brogers says: I generally would love to catch the trains and bus around, but at this certain point in time i dont like to ride the train at night considering all the young hooligans around. I have been name...

says: Yes I thought I`d encourage my teenager to take the train to school, but was shocked as he was involved in an incident at the busstop where young ones attacked another guy and walked onto a station platform with staff trying to calm down an older drunk guy!! a Pity - I now don`t feel safe to let him taste independence that way - he`ll be 18 soon and will then probably drive most places?! Reply

Rossissmellingtheroses

Posted by: Rossissmellingtheroses
Posted: 23rd Jun 2012

Rossissmellingtheroses says: I agree. Adelaide is a friendly place. If I had a choice, it would be near the top of my list.
Cummuter chatting is banned in Sydney. If you try to chat, it is impossible. Everyone is either reading or listening to their i whatevers. If you try to converse, you are greeted with an icy stare or a shake of the head, inferring you are somewhat loopy. Reply

jess

Posted by: jess
Posted: 1st Jul 2012

jess says: Great to travel except when you have to listen to every ones mobile phone conversations including bad language Reply

BO

Posted by: BO
Posted: 12th Jul 2012

BO says: The buses on the gold coast are regular and on time although there seems to be some trouble with school buses. The trains from the gold coast are marvellous you are in Brisbane quicker than you could drive. The bonus is you don't have to pay exorbitant parking fees. Reply

Nefertari

Posted by: Nefertari
Posted: 3rd Aug 2012

Nefertari says: I don't mind using public transport and that means using the buses. I don't drive so if my husband is unavailable to drive me somewhere then bus it is. I have not travelled by train for years and find the buses much more convenient. There does not seem to be a lot going on in the way of conversation though....except on mobile phones of course and I have often been on a bus when it has been crammed with schoolchildren. Their attitude in general is a far cry from the behaviour of children of yesterday! Reply

CAT17

Posted by: CAT17
Posted: 7th Aug 2012

CAT17 says: Hi everyone! I haven't replied to this for awhile but was happy to see that you are all keeping it going. I am still travelling by tram here in Adelaide and if anything conversation has stepped up! We no longer have conductors on our trams (which is a shame) but now have this ticket machine which is quite complicated to use. When it first came in there were Tramway people showing us how to use them. Now they have been in for awhile there no longer is someone there to help, so people (particularly visitors) are having to ask other passengers how to use it. It is really heartening to see how heplful people are to each other. Conversation is at full gear with most people discussing the ticket machine!!
New technology certainly has its place and I thank Adelaide Metro for moving toward a 'conductor free' tram way? Passengers are chatting away. Reply

kitabebe

Posted by: kitabebe
Posted: 8th Aug 2012

kitabebe says: i do yes sometimes but it depends what transport youre on. I live in sydney, sometime i go out to the bush land like 8hours away from the city, i catch country link ? sometimes thats a great way to travel, sometimes there are funny people on the train but sometimes they are weird . Although it really depends what your on:) Reply

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