In April last year, fbb reported on the new railway operating in the USA.
Say "Ola" to Ola!
As fbb was making use of the excellent "facilities" at Bristol Temple Meads Station, he found himself standing in front of this poster.
A look at the web site confirmed the style of operation!
Ola’s partner-focused approach ensures that you get high-quality rides when you travel with Ola. With safety features like SOS alert and real-time location sharing, Ola offers you a stress-free option for ridesharing.
and for "Metered Taxi", read ...
Sampling The 73 (and Other Stuff)
One of fbb's plans on lastSaturday's visit to Bristol was to sample the "competition" - namely First's route 73 which hitherto has been the main service to Bradley Stoke.
It then follows "ordinary" roads into the City whereas the M1 tuns fast and passengerless from UWE into the centre.
From fbb's point of view the 73 also terminates at Temple Meads, so the 1320 from Cribbs Causeway would deliver the chubby one back nicely in time for his return train. After a quick skip to the loo, fbb exited The Mall at 1418 ...
But at least this exposed problem.
Three young men attempted to board at a stop on Bradley Stoke Way; a stop served by M1 and 73.
One of the party even proffered a bank card but that was summarily refused. What was mystifying was that all three of the dismissed passengers were ready to proffer something on their mobile phone.
Clearly it was the wrong thing. Some stops bereft of Monoliths have been given this label ...
The fault lies entirely with whichever agency was responsible for NOT installing the monoliths; compounded by the operator(s)' insistence that drivers will not take fares - even if there is no other means of paying. As the system says, "we don't want your money, so push off and walk!"
It was very poor PR.
The M1 is, of course, oddles faster than the 73, so, after a change of bus at Broadmead Penn Street ...
Tomorrow, fbb wallows in a bit of transport nostalgia. Deep joy.