Reflecting on my transport habits, I have to say that I am already quite proud of my achievements. As mentioned in my previous post, I am already the proud owner of one of Australia’s cleanest petrol cars. As a student, a hybrid was a little out of my price range, but will most definitely be my next car purchase choice once I finish university and gain full time employment.
I drive as little as possible. As prices have increased and due to the fact that I fill up with Premium Unleaded 98 Octane fuel, I tend to only drive out of necessity. All city based or university travel is primarily by bus, possibly by train depending on where I am in the area at the time. Most days, I will drive to the Park ‘N Ride, which will allow me to catch a more regular bus into the city. These parks fill up before 8 am in the morning, and do not start to empty until about 1 pm, so if you do not get there early or later in the afternoon, I would have been better off walking to my local bus stop – ironically less then 500 metres away – and simply waiting for a less regular bus. However, for me, it is all about using my time efficiently on most days. My local stop has only one bus every half an hour, whereas at the interchange, we have a city bound bus every 5 minutes at best, from 5 am until midnight, seven days a week.
In future, I might look actually look at a timetable – or simply, Google Maps on my phone – to see the time of the next local bus. Some days I may be able to leave my car at home and further cut back on my fuel usage.
Adelaide on a whole, in comparison to what I have seen in US cities, has a fairly comprehensive public transportation network. Buses, rail and trams connect and network across the entire metropolitan area. We have six main rail lines, one extended tram line which connects to the Adelaide Railway Station, and hundreds of bus routes. Our trams are free within the city centre, as are buses. The tram and train network are currently undergoing the largest upgrade in state history, with an extension of two lines, station upgrades, electrification and the introduction of over a hundred new rolling stock. Hybrid train / trams will also be introduced, where trams can utilise rail lines as well as the designated tram lines. State Planning policy is also focused towards 70% urban infill, concentrated along designated Transit-Oriented Development corridors.
From a transport perspective and seeing as we are a city of only 1.3 million people, I am proud to call Adelaide my home.