People used to say to me, ' No, I can't help you' - 'You are not allowed this information!' - "You'll never get the buses back!' - 'You will have to ask someone else not my job' and it goes on and on....
So as you get these knock-backs suddenly there are others who care and then you get the support, great feedback and sufficient information to carry with your job that makes it easier for you, your Committee, your group and your wider community.
What am I leaning too - I was trying to seek Bus shuttle information from Blacktown City Council who were able to assist with patronage and kindly referred my self to Transport NSW Businfo. This was hard to obtain from them but when with great deal of help, I now have a second contact with NSW Transport - who has obtained the following figures for us. They are approximate figures:
Here it is average trips per day 24 trips:
Bus Shuttle Blacktown Month Patronage Days Average per day Average per trip
14/3/2011-31/3/2011 2600 17 153 6.3
1/4/2011-30/4/2011 5700 30 190 7.9
1/5/2011-31/5/2011 6200 31 200 8.3
So by this, we can see that the overall figures are good. It is proven that it seems to be a great benefit to the commuters of Blacktown. There was a substantial increase of 25 percent per day from March to May and this is with not a lot of Blacktown Commuters understanding that they have this service readily available. This Service was introduced prior to the recent NSW State Election an in hope I pray and ask for this service to continue!
I promise you - that if and when Mount Druitt has a Free Bus Shuttle run , that we as a group will promote it in every way we can. We have the great local support from our wonderful local press - who respect us as individuals and a transport lobby group. We have thousands and thousands of commuters that have been having Free Bus shuttle conversations as something that is for the common good of our community. So anyone that is a 'Transport Decision Maker' for the common good raise your hand and finally do something good for our community.
This is what we want in Mount Druitt!!!!!!