I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting content out. This is very much a f*#% it moment, so I’m copying and pasting a recent Facebook rant of mine about Transit Officers at Wolli Creek station. It’s better to start somewhere than not to start.
Counted no less than 14 transit officers at Wolli Creek station this morning.
Why so many?
It also kind of feels like surreptitious penalisation for transferring between lines, which is very common at Wolli Creek station between the Illawarra line and Airport/East Hills line.
Also 2: Most transit officers seem to prefer targeting people carrying paper tickets. There are lots of people with luggage that change trains at Wolli Creek to the airport line. Many of these visitors haven’t bothered with an opal card and use paper tickets. So, to visitors either leaving or arriving in Sydney, their second to last impression (or second to first if they’ve just arrived) would be of a transit officer asking (in their largely not so polite way in my experience) for their ticket, and if the wrong one, being potentially verbally assaulted and levied with a $400 fine. As transit officers do seem to prefer targeting those clearly carrying a paper ticket, they might also feel unfairly targeted. And imagine you were in a rush to get to the airport, this would be a surprising and rude interjection to your departure. Then of course, the final last impression is potentially having to pay the ridiculous price for a gate pass at the airport. So, back to my original question: why Wolli Creek (pointedly, in the passage for transferring passengers, not at the entrance/exit to the station), and why in such large numbers? Cynical Andre feels like this is a dumb exercise in revenue raising. To which I say, ‘Honey, the tickets are already so expensive, maybe the problem isn’t fare evasion so much as your own incompetency’. Or something equally as snarky.
Just my thoughts from getting the train to work this morning!
Let me know what you think, I’d appreciate your feedback. There’s actually already been quite a bit of discussion in response to this on my personal Facebook wall – I thought I’d share the love and post it here too. Feel free to leave a comment.
And one last thing: I will hopefully build up my writing style and ability to ‘pump them out’ over time. For now, writing opinion publicly (and formally) is new to me and I’ve run into something of a learning curve. Bear with as I gradually build up. Thanks for your support.