And that's only looking at Buses. To emulate the status of, say, Modern Railways, PT would need to search out technical journalism of the quality of Roger Ford; and who knows more about fares that Rail's Barry Doe? Both of these gurus are routinely tackling hefty industry problems with excellent knowledge and consummate journalistic skill. A tough nut to crack.
So where does Passenger Transport fit in? First impressions of a complimentary launch issue suggest that it is recreating the original Transit. For "management" but still lacking the "punch" of Bus Business. Launching anything is tough these days, but PT's website underwhelms. Apart from the "masthead" all that is on offer is:-
PT has an excellent article on the struggle of German Railways [DB] in its homeland, Chris Cheek's analysis of company results, and, of course, a bit more fearnulation*. There is plenty of news; but still with the on-going suspicion that we are in the realm of "journalism by press release" rather than up-front reporting. Perhaps finances are such that the noble ideal of "real hackery" is, as yet, impracticable.
*fearnulation : (not yet listed in the OED) : The embarrassing adulation of newly appointed bus bosses who are expected, as a basic minimum, to perform unbelievable and instant management miracles.
P.S. PT's "best of the blogs" column, sadly, forgets to mention "Public Transport Experience". Can't think why!
Next blog : due Wednesday March 9th