^^ Let's do the double up arrow to refer to Ethan's post, saves on somethingThis if for a Warners Bay to Charlestown example, not Ethan's example.
Hunter Valley Buses (HVB) has buses that go on the most direct
path possible between Warners Bay & Charlestown. It's compatible to near car driving times, yet still in most cases with some very rare exceptions carries no more than so about 3 to say about 5 passengers at the most.
Route 269 is timed for 12 minutes, with one of them to Charlestown 14 minutes. That's compatible with car times.
No matter HOW good
public transport is in Newcastle, even if it's a lot faster than the car, the majority in Newcastle still drive. Take the Stockton Ferry for example, 4 minutes across or about 30 to 45 minutes by car depending where you're coming from, and they still drive.
That has been proved by the motorcross event (NOT the event lumped onto Newcastle East, by the former dictator, dictator Baird) when it caused extreme traffic delays - worse than a weekday peak hour. Bus was timed for about 4 minutes. It took has about 20 minutes, all due to the traffic.
And that will NOT
Their have been some exceptions of course, when public transport has been crowded in Newcastle. Search for one of my videos about a large crowd at Newcastle Station here (youtube.com/user/platforme) & see for yourself. And their is a video or two, that shows a crowd, with no event.
The majority of Newcastle residents drive because they take them to show them off. They have an attitude of "I've got to take my car 'cause my car is better than yours."
The Newcastle rail line was was coal line as well, with lot's of sidings, & many branches. Have a look in the sand on the ocean side about 3/4 of the way along the Nobby's walk & see just how far the rail line went.Edit:
Don't forget Ethan, that a lot of the bus routes INCLUDING
private buses such as what was the equivalent for the 269 were cut out &/or reduced by the Labor Party. The 269 now doesn't run on Sundays due to Labor.
It's equivalent, the 270 ran everyday & extended in a loop from Charlestown via Garden City/Westfield Kotara at the time.
At a meeting, an MP tried to claim that they increased/improved the Toronto - Charlestown bus services. But when it was made clear that the service was actually reduced & cut back, they were just as "defensive" as the Liberals are about trying to not answer questions.