It's better by bus

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by humblebee » Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:56 am

Oh look - Arriva have given a 'competing' bus operator a million quid to withdraw its services:
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The 'competitor' gets a million quid, and Arriva gets more customers. Brilliant! Everyone's a winner. Except those passenger people, who have to pay more than twice as much on Arriva, and only get half as many buses now, but who gives a fuck about them, eh.

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Re: Red buses on the Arnold route!

Post by La-Di-Da » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:16 am

yyeeeesssssssssss wrote:I was just wondering if anyone else from Notingham loves the London buses weve got now on the Arnold route. Its great how they have an open back and theres a conductor on the bus (although i wish they had uniforms.....oh yeah and hats, they should haves hats as well!) Why did they choose Arnold, do you think its because Arnolds close to town and people arent on the bus long so wont get cold (because of the open back)?
I've still to sample the delights of the Big Red Arnold Bus.
I need a reason to go to Arnold first though.
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Re: It's better by bus

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:16 am

Have you been drinking in Arnold?

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by La-Di-Da » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:34 am

I've never been to Arnold!
I've heard they kill puppies there.

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:35 am

It's quite challenging.

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by jayen_aitch » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:45 am

It's better by bus, apart from in Stockholm at the moment where the drivers are on strike.

While I agree with their reason for striking, this does make staying somewhere outside the underground network not very useful.

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by Life on Deck » Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:29 pm

The day the underground drivers of Stockholm decide to strike is the day that I....walk to places instead.
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Re: It's better by bus

Post by Colin » Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:21 am

Some buses in Glasgow have GPS thingummies fitted to them so that people waiting at bus stops know if they (the buses) are running on time or not. Nothing unusual there. Apparently though, if they are running late the device will request (and be given) priority for the bus at traffic lights until it's back on schedule. I don't know about you, but I think that's mightily impressive.
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Re: It's better by bus

Post by squirrelboutique » Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:13 pm

I believe buses is the preferred form. Busses would be another word, right?

I see both get used all the time though.

That's pretty much the best bus technology I've ever heard of though.

I'm likely overly impressed with/fascinated by Oyster cards.

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by RITH » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:43 pm

squirrelboutique wrote:I believe buses is the preferred form.
Is it prefered or preferred though?

The thing I don't like about buses is that you need to really pay attention where you need to get out before you're actually there, and then push the button before you are at the stop. On a first time route that's a bit tough. I remember completely getting lost in Italy once like that. And, I'll admit, also in Amsterdam even.

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by anders » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:50 pm

They have that advanced bus technology thing in Oslo as well. It's well impressive. I don't like Glasgow buses, though, they scare me. I can never work out which buses go where and how much they cost and when to get off. I blame Stuart Murdoch. When I get my bike, I will never get on a Glasgow bus ever again. Maybe.

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by Martijn » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:44 am

So I'll be in Ottawa in two weeks' time and want to see Montreal for the weekend; hence I thought I'd take the greyhound. No, that's a lie, I thought I'd take the train, but it doesn't run late on Friday evening, so taking the greyhound will give me half a day extra of sightseeing in Montreal. Are there any dos and donts about taking the greyhound? (Apart from, since someone is bound to say that, don't behead your fellow passengers.)

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by Joe » Sat Sep 20, 2008 12:05 am

Martijn wrote:So I'll be in Ottawa in two weeks' time and want to see Montreal for the weekend; hence I thought I'd take the greyhound. No, that's a lie, I thought I'd take the train, but it doesn't run late on Friday evening, so taking the greyhound will give me half a day extra of sightseeing in Montreal. Are there any dos and donts about taking the greyhound? (Apart from, since someone is bound to say that, don't behead your fellow passengers.)
the bus from Ottawa to Montreal is pretty good. You don't have to worry about anything. It goes every hour (I think) and it only takes about 2 hours. It drops you off right in downtown Montreal (though the area around the bus station may look a little sketchy at first, it's cool.) If you want food for the bus before you leave, get it before going to the station in Ottawa, there isn't much around.
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Re: It's better by bus

Post by Martijn » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:38 am

Joe wrote:
Martijn wrote:So I'll be in Ottawa in two weeks' time and want to see Montreal for the weekend; hence I thought I'd take the greyhound. No, that's a lie, I thought I'd take the train, but it doesn't run late on Friday evening, so taking the greyhound will give me half a day extra of sightseeing in Montreal. Are there any dos and donts about taking the greyhound? (Apart from, since someone is bound to say that, don't behead your fellow passengers.)
the bus from Ottawa to Montreal is pretty good. You don't have to worry about anything. It goes every hour (I think) and it only takes about 2 hours. It drops you off right in downtown Montreal (though the area around the bus station may look a little sketchy at first, it's cool.) If you want food for the bus before you leave, get it before going to the station in Ottawa, there isn't much around.
Cool, thanks! Will definitely get some food before going to the bus station. Is there any need to buy a ticket in advance?

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by Martijn » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:40 am

Joe wrote:
Martijn wrote:So I'll be in Ottawa in two weeks' time and want to see Montreal for the weekend; hence I thought I'd take the greyhound. No, that's a lie, I thought I'd take the train, but it doesn't run late on Friday evening, so taking the greyhound will give me half a day extra of sightseeing in Montreal. Are there any dos and donts about taking the greyhound? (Apart from, since someone is bound to say that, don't behead your fellow passengers.)
the bus from Ottawa to Montreal is pretty good. You don't have to worry about anything. It goes every hour (I think) and it only takes about 2 hours. It drops you off right in downtown Montreal (though the area around the bus station may look a little sketchy at first, it's cool.) If you want food for the bus before you leave, get it before going to the station in Ottawa, there isn't much around.
Cool, thanks! Will definitely get some food before going to the bus station. Is there any need to buy a ticket in advance?

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by SophieC » Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:04 pm

two memorable bus mentalists this week:

on the way home from work, a tremendously drunk maudlin irish man slumped across two seats on standing room only bus. he was grabbing the rail, with his head lolling and his eyes closed and conducting a conversation with the entire lower deck. 50% incohernet mumbles, 50% heartfelt anguish.

*mumble mumble*
life's shite
*mumble mumble*
BELFAST
*mumble*
you're young, you're naive, you haven't seen the things i've seen
*mumble*
it's all rubbish
*mumble*
what's the point eh?
*mumble*
addresses bus, suddenly serious: look at all yous, *casts glazed eyes around* just sitting there listening to on old irish drunk
*mumble*
breaks into gargled version of Bill Wither's 'lovely day'
*bus collectively pisses itself*

then on the way into work today a man with bulging eyes and beads of sweat rolling down his face had accosted a young lady and was vociferously explaining the theory of relativity in a friendly but very earnest way to the somewhat baffled lady. "then scientists put an atomic clocks into a space ship and flew then round the earth many times. when it came back it was fractionally different to the clocks on earth." "errrrrr. good."
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Re: It's better by bus

Post by humblebee » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:36 pm

Today's web page you didn't know you needed until you did today need it now... The Longest Bus Routes in England (not counting National Express and stuff like that, obviously, duh)

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Re: It's better by bus

Post by wyvern » Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:50 pm

I thought the Nottingham-Chesterfield 'Pronto' can almost beat that. Not too bad on half the journey but then becomes anything but pronto on the second half. And it is run partially by the Stagecoach Conservative siblings. And they refuse folding bikes 'unless wrapped in a bag, in case it gets dirt on our (filthy) bus.'
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Re: It's better by bus

Post by Martijn » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:33 pm

I've been meaning to take that Exeter-Poole bus for a while, if I find a good reason to take a bus to Poole. I think it's only six quid for a day return. I wouldn't have thought it's the longest bus-journey in the country. I mean: it's not that far.

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