Someone was handing these out at Flagstaff station the other day. The bloke was in the exit area at ground-level, and was not on the public footpath. If it were Southern Cross station, where the security guards are super-vigilant about this kind of thing, he’d have been moved on unless he had a commercial arrangement with the station operator.
(It could be worse; 10ish years the original incarnation of Yarra Trams was encouraging people to give up on public transport for 90% of their trip; drive to Docklands Stadium, the Tennis Centre or Melbourne Museum, eg battle through most of the traffic, and park & ride a tram to work. For a while they promoted this by handing out brochures outside Parliament station, and via banners on fences outside the Tennis Centre that faced towards nobody but passing rail passengers.)
So, why am I still on the train?
Many reasons actually.
Because the heavy traffic I’d face while driving is a waste of my time. (Google maps estimates a travel time of 27-40 minutes depending on traffic; the train trip is about 25 minutes.)
Because not being able to play with my phone or read a book or newspaper while travelling is a waste of my time.
Because parking costs alone at around $7 per day is more than the cost of my daily travel (based on $1215 for a discounted Yearly Myki Pass and travel of at least 220 days per year = $5.52 per day).
Because petrol at $1.47 per litre (or whatever it is this week) is a waste of my money.
Because the wear and tear of an extra 30km round trip per day would cost me even more money.
Because I have no wish to add more smog and petrol burning emissions to the environment, nor add to the traffic.
Because despite problems, most of the trains turn up, and they are mostly (more-or-less) on time.
Because leaving my car in the driveway may be (hopefully, maybe?) a deterrent to burglars.
Because the walk to and from the station is doing me good.
And finally because, well, for me, it’d wouldn’t be a good look to drive to work :-)
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Thanks, I’ll give it a miss.