Public transport gets me where I need to go, when I need to go, most of the time. On Sunday I bumped right up against its limitations and instead of paying $3.50 for all day travel on Saturday and Sunday I had to drive my car.
I worked all weekend and had to be ready to start at 8am on Sunday morning, just near the MCG. As usual, I used the Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner to search for my best transport options and said that I needed to arrive by 8am.
It gave me four options and the best option had me arriving in plenty of time...at 2:34am after a journey involving a train, two buses and two periods of walking and a total travel time of 1 hour and 12 minutes! I wasn't sure what I would do with the spare five and a half hours before start time, I looked at the next arrival time. That had me arriving late at 8:07am (assuming it was running without delay) and took 1 hour and 22 minutes after travelling on a bus, two trains and three intervals on foot.
I decided to drive instead. The journey took me less than twenty minutes and I parked on the street for free. I had always wondered why people chose to drive to attend church when they are right next door to tram lines and railway stations. Now I now.
If I didn't have a car or wasn't in a position to drive I suppose I would have to take a taxi or plead forgiveness for being a little late and prepare for the epic journey. I suppose cycling is another potential option. I can't comment on this as I'm not familiar with travel times or methods for cycling, but I would require facilities at my workplace to enable me to change, store the bike on so on.
I don't expect that public transport options on a Sunday morning are going to be as available as they are during a weekday peak, but with changes to work patterns and lifestyles, this serious lack of public transport must be problematic for many people. Even if I wanted to arrive at the same destination by 9am, my best travel option requires me to be on a train at 7:58am and I arrive 33 minutes early. The option before that is the one that delivers me at 8:07am and the later option would see me arrive at 9:11am and take 33 minutes, station to station.
Melbourne is a great city. Indeed we're the world's most livable city. What must the public transport be like in other cities? And now we are further condemned to languish with a new federal government which stated prior to the election that they would not be funding urban rail. They're all about roads.