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Review Thredbo village buses

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by piolet, Aug 13, 2019 at 4:29 PM.

  1. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm not a village regular so not sure if this is a thing or whatever but what's the story - we're staying on bus route 1 and every single time it's 2 busses within 5 mins of each other then a 25min wait. Seems very poorly managed and a major pain with small children involved (only reason I use it is to get to FF, I'd just walk to kosi exp otherwise).

    So, wtf thredbo? Not that hard
     
  2. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    *perisher buses are better
     
  3. Alleve

    Alleve Hard Yards

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    It's not usually like that, at least not on route 2. It seems to get less organised the busier the buses are. I was down in thredbo in July and it was fine for the most part
     
  4. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah well well time I've sat waiting thus far you see 2/3 bus 2s and many #3s.

    Only experience is with #1 and it's shit.
     
  5. kaegee

    kaegee One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    There is a silver lining . When your waiting for a bus to make Thredboland or whatever in the morn and a bus doesn’t stop cause it’s full , there’s another just behind :)
     
  6. skifree

    skifree Sort of old & definitely grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    And as a bus driver you are fully qualified to critique. ;)
     
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  7. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah and it's empty as the previous just ran through... :rolleyes:
     
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  8. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Aaah ya big baby LOL

    I think the service is great for frequency. Shits all over the Sun Peaks buses
     
  9. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Dunno - my experience last weekend was great. Never waited more than 5 mins
     
  10. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Which route?
     
  11. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't care about sun peaks
    Sufficient bussing capacity is right there - just not metered well
     
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  12. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    My only bus experience isn't positive.
    As @Annabuzzy will confirm.
    Why not have a later bus service from the pubs
    My brogues in snow!
     
  13. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's not bad,just so close to being much better.
    Meter dem busses!
     
  14. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Ease up. The worlds not going to pass you by. You’re on holidays at the snow. Chill out.

    It’s a hell of a lot better than walking. I’ve never had to wait 20 minutes for a bus at Thredbo, since they started running buses.

    I suggest you check your watch.
     
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  15. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm happy walking tbh and if you knew when you got to the bus stop if it's going to be 25 mins wait, I'd shoulder the kids and walk.

    What's wrong with some constructive criticism? Not a hard fix and it'd make a big difference to some customers. It's discussed at every bus stop I've stood waiting at.
     
  16. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Small children cause time distortion when you are waiting for something.
     
  17. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Yep for sure. I’ve put three through the system.
     
  18. J_busworth

    J_busworth One of Us

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    I've only ever had very good experiences with the Thredbo bus network, and any of the bad stuff that has happened is nothing to write home about.

    When my dad snapped his calf on the Bluff in the rain a few years back, the bus driver reversed his bus all the way up to our accommodation at Woodridge and even came back at the time we suggested to pick us up for dinner, and dropped us back afterwards.

    Never had a rude or unfriendly driver and never had to wait long, even at night. The worst experienced was leaving my skis in the rack at the back by accident, but they were still there the following lap of the bus.

    Having been on all of Route 1, Route 2 and Route 3 at different times I can tell you which ever one you aren't catching is running more frequently and yours is taking forever. Its all perception, and they do run very frequently for what they are, a FREE bus service.
     
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  19. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Sorry, Sounded more like a whinge with the wtf and all.

    The buses work well. The crap they have to put up with, people leaving skis on the back, helmets on seats etc etc. The drivers graciously oblige and wait for people struggling with kids & gear. All these things impact on schedules.

    We’re on route2 and it seems that whenever I’m waiting for a bus, route1 buses only seem to come by. It’s just perception.

    It’s a great system. Yeah sometimes they get overloaded at peak times but on the whole it works really well.

    My point was more around how lucky we are to be able to afford to go skiing, how lucky we are to have snow in Australia, how lucky we are to be able to share that experience with our kids. A couple of extra minutes waiting for a free bus in a ski resort, surely isn’t that big a deal in the scheme of things.
     
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  20. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    It works pretty well but there’s room fir improvement. If it’s raining and you’re heading home after 8 or whenever the buses stop and you need to get to Woodbridge or Crackenback Ridge thing, you certainly think they should run later. I’m sure they used to run later.

    In peak periods I also think they should run three of the big buses on a loop, not two.

    Thredbo you can send my lifetime season pass for helpful customer feedback to...
     
  21. linked_recoveries

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    I think there's seven or eight buses all-up. It's not all that simple.

    Waiting for a couple of large families with kids to load can take a while, by which time the next bus is up your date. They really do their best to keep things on track and the drivers are almost always cheerful. And you just know that can't always be easy.

    If one Route 1 bus is following another and they're too close together the driver sometimes checks to see if any passengers are heading for Crackenback Ridge and then skips that stretch (if possible) leaving the first bus to pick up the Crackers people and setting up the appropriate gap. If one bus takes off from Friday Flat and there's another right behind the second one will wait for a while (which can mean a wait if you're the first person to get on it). So they're constantly aware of maintaining gaps and keeping delays to a minimum. Then again, if someone parks their tank too close to the middle of the road whilst unloading on Bobuck Lane they're just stuck ... and the cheerful facade might slip away a little. It ain't easy.

    I'd hang my hat on what DPS Driver said: "You're on holidays at the snow. Chill out."
     
  22. skull

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    The buses are great. Only issue I’ve had are with other passengers. The ones that are so important that they’ll barge in before other people have gotten off. Or the ones that’ll barge past you waiting patiently to board so they can get their preferred seat.
     
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  23. climberman

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    I just want them to go electric buses. Quiet, non-smelly.
     
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  24. J_busworth

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    The reliability issues with the relectric buses at Transit Systems up in Sydney would probably scare them off. You can go days in a row where the entire fleet of 7 are all out of service. Now then you could complain the buses weren't frequent enough.
     
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    Am sure they’ll get there.
     
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    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    That’s interesting though - any online info to hand?
     
  27. gareth_oau

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    Our first snow holiday we went to Thredbo and then drove to Falls with 1, 3 and 5 yr olds. The next time we had expanded to 4, 6, 8 and 10 yr olds.

    It was a breeze
     
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    I have had days when I am annoyed at three red buses and no greens for twenty minutes when I'm hauling luggage from car park.
    Since then I've learnt to just jump on the second red .
    The second red ends up with only 2 travellers. Drivers asks where to... And finds neither of us needed the red route and drives us to our green destinations without going via the red route.
    The drivers are pleasant. Some even have good music.
    I did miss one this week when it didn't stop at all at Friday flats but that just what happens some times.
     
  29. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't worry, I am chilled out.

    I thought it was notable, a consistent yet easily fixed issue worth bringing up for discussion... I think it is simple. Two busses running within minutes leave a large gap til the next. The busses are provided for convenience which should be the goal - convenience :)

    I absolutely agree re the drivers, all friendly and easy going.

    The rest of my stay here has been magical, apart from its length, and I've written positively elsewhere about this so I don't think I'm just having a whinge.
     
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  30. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's sort of inevitable. The first bus picks up everyone, which takes time. The next bus doesn't have to collect anyone, which takes less time so it catches up to the first bus.
     
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