Running through services are great, if they run on time. Having multiple operators is great if it works. If you want to be able to have cross city services then you need to have one operator.before the 117/157 came along it was pretty much feeder services. 333/334/336 from Outer Harbor to Westlakes. These services where very popular and they connected everything from Outer Harbor to Westlakes and Port Adelaide together. They connected with Trains if you wanted/needed to go to the city. You'd change for the train at Glanville or Ethelton, they had the best connections and interchanges, with a short wait for the train or bus.
The 333 ran through Semaphore Park connecting everyone to in that area to Port Adelaide, replacing it with the 157 meant people could no longer get to Port Adelaide without having to go to either Westlakes or Semaphore and change to another bus. Given that there is a large aged population in that are it made it very hard for pensioners. they ran the 352/353 every two hours (an hour in between) but it still made it impossible for people to get to Port Adelaide and back easily. you'd rarely see a soul on those routes which is why they got rid of them
they cut the 333 services even further this year because of low patronage, they have low patronage because a decade ago they cut the route in half. culling half the people who used the service.
recently the 224 from Elizabeth to the City via Salisbury and Mawson Lakes became a feeder service from Mawson Lakes to Elizabeth (running to the city in peak times) the 224 ran at few months ahead of the 222, they pretty much followed each other from Mawson Interchange to the City, both services where not needed. This is an example of when it works.
I wonder how many people catch the M44 in Golden Grove and go all the way to Marion and vice versa. the route takes 1 hour and 21 minutes. There are 12 busses running that route (to GG from Marion and from Marion to GG) in the time it takes 1 bus to complete the route. 8 busses an hour running one service. seems extreme. then you have the J1/J2 following closely behind from TTP to the City
I can't imagine even 15 passengers being on these feeders in inter-peak now. The main problem is not so much peak services, but the coverage of areas after hours (after 6PM, weekends etc). Some Elizabeth East and Hillbank residents have to walk over a kilometre through rugged terrain to access a service that doesn't even serve Elizabeth centre or Salisbury.
If you live adjacent to Military Rd between Trimmer Parade and Military Rd, there are no services at all at night or on weekends. It becomes the same north of Military Rd after about 9:45PM on weekdays due to the train being the only option at Ethelton. Those on Bartley Tce etc are forced to use a car. PT is supposed to be about reducing car traffic, yet the lack of services make it impractical to use at times. I don't even understand this proposed 566 route, since the Libs are passionately against increasing services.
The 224 duplicating the 222 is admittedly a waste of resources. It is equivalent to the 560 running almost parallel to the 224 for all those years (between Salisbury and Elizabeth)which I've mentioned somewhere. But it would be nice if the dosh used to run these canceled services would be spent increasing frequencies elsewhere instead of it funding a 3 month overseas holiday for some rich pollie!
The 'M44' was previously the 544 (east), and 243 (west). Labor made a mess of the network by introducing alpha numeric route names in which some were through linked. For some time, you couldn't even tell whether an 'H30' was express of all stops by just looking at the number. There are also some ex Brisbane Volgren buses which cannot even show the alpha numeric destos clearly, since they were programmed to display numbers.
But I heard from an internal source that it is supposedly more efficient having buses continue on through the CBD instead of terminating. There are enough O'bahn buses to cover these routes, so it isn't really much of a problem regarding the through running. Honestly, can you imagine every bus terminating in the CBD instead of continuing on as say a 263 or 208?
Privatisation has contributed to more of this, as the 224 used to turn into a 218, but it can't happen today due to these services being ran by separate operators.
The B10 is another one. it use to be the 110 from Westlakes to the city then change to the 143 or something and went to the east, so they made it the B10, one service north-east. Now it operates as the 110 from the CBD to Westlakes and the from the CBD then runs to Salisbury via the O-bahn as the 502
I use to live in Mawson Lakes, and where I lived I had to catch the 222 just to get to the shopping centre in Mawson Lakes. I could catch a bus easily to the city or to Salisbury/Elizabeth, When the 224 became a feeder service I then had to change for the bus at the interchange just to get to Salisbury and for some reason they didn't design it so the 222 and 224 connect. I remember hearing so many people complaining, especially those who lived between Mawson Lakes and Salisbury saying they now have to catch the bus and then get the train. They don't connect so you have to wait and on weekends you could be waiting up to half an hour and if you miss the bus coming back you have to wait an hour for the next one.
I use to live near Bartley Tce, after 7pm that was it you couldn't go out unless you walked all the way to Ethelton Station.