Here we go again.

{mosimage}That’s right, it’s time to rant about Adelaide Metro again.

Recently (as in Sunday the 13th) they changed a lot of their timetables again, and added new routes, and replaced some old ones. Every year or year and a half or so they do this. Which is fair enough, since the city tends to change over time, and what worked a year ago may not work now.

So I was looking through the changes today, and I noticed a new route numbered 126. I thought, well, the 12x buses go down The Parade in Norwood, so this must be another Parade bus. And didn’t really think anything of it, till I got further down the list to the 17x buses. And noticed the 176 has now been replaced by the 126. Hmm, so this is interesting. The 176 is one of the ones I used to catch when I lived in Campbelltown in the middle of 2003 while here on a working holiday visa. It’s also one of the ones Darrin used to have to walk a kilometre to catch to get to Paradise and the T500 to work before he/we had a car.

So I opened up the route map for the new 126, and lo and behold, it does go up The Parade. And turns onto Glynburn Road, right past our old house. And then onto Lower North East Road (aka the Lower NeRD…there’s also a NeRD and a Main North Road and a South Road…Adelaide was really creative when they named their roads), where it then takes the same path the 176 used to take, up Heading Avenue past the North Eastern Community Hospital, up to Newton Road past the shops there with the Foodland & Target, and up to Paradise.

Great! This is an incredibly useful bus route! My only problem with it is this:

Why the heck didn’t they put this route in about FIVE YEARS AGO? Do you know how much time that would’ve saved us? Do you know how much more often I would’ve been able to go shopping? I could’ve caught it to The Parade and gone shopping there instead of going into the city (okay, so there’s Darrell Lea in the city, but sometimes I didn’t want to go there…who am I kidding? I always went there). I could’ve caught it to Paradise and transferred to a bus to Tea Tree Plaza. I could’ve caught it to Foodland to do grocery shopping (because they tend to be cheaper than the other supermarket chains).

Not to mention the eight years or so Darrin was living in Glynde, working in Salisbury, and didn’t have a car. Okay, so he likes a good walk (otherwise he wouldn’t do orienteering) but in some weather it’s just not pleasant.

End rant…for now.

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