Post by Jarle Hammen Knudsen
On Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:59:16 +0100, Recliner
ridership is unexpectedly down
TfL have yet to publish a definitive researched result. However the following have all been mentioned.
a) increased congestion has slowed bus services meaning people use them less.
b) risk averse "padded" bus timetables mean buses stop and "wait time" for minutes at a time to ensure operators achieve headway targets. Passengers get pissed off with this nonsense (who can blame them?) and stop using the buses.
c) people have transferred to cycles for some journeys.
d) the rise of Uber and similar services have reduced demand for night buses as has the introduction of the Night Tube.
e) the rise of online shopping is reducing shopping trips on public transport.
f) the rise of home delivery services for take away food is reducing trip numbers and people travelling to eat out in restaurants.
g) some employment sectors are seeing softening in demand and employment levels. My own view is this will get VASTLY worse due to Brexit.
h) changes in working patterns mean people commute less and work from home more. Also many jobs are insecure in terms of regular hours.
i) more people are self employed so don't have traditional commuting patterns.
j) the widespread availability of real time bus info has made it more obvious to people where there may be gaps in the service or the service is worse than people perceived it to be. People therefore don't use buses so much.
k) concern over jobs means people are reducing their discretionary spend on leisure activity thus reducing off peak public transport use.
l) years and years of austerity don't help encourage people to make frivolous use of public transport.
m) the increased use of contactless cards and paying per trip or charges per day from bank accounts has made people more aware of the cost of using publci transport. This may have discouraged people from making extra trips where they have not reached a daily cap level.
As you can see there is a mix of internal (to TfL) and external factors affecting how people use the system. It's little wonder if there is decline in amongst all those issues. Of course TfL's response is to cut bus services across London so bus usage will fall as people find a worse service.