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Growing Without Getting Better: A Bus Journey Through La Plata

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By parm maan

Traveling by bus in the city is a real odyssey, even after the price hikes. Users report less frequency of buses, inaccuracies in bus stops and inconvenience during rush hours. These problems are the ones that they often encounter in their daily life and for which they require quick solutions.
This can be seen every day in the city, where bus stops are usually full for a long time. On a tour from Piazza San Martín to Camino Belgrano and 489 Gonne, this newspaper noticed users with “great patience” waiting for a bus, even at rush hour, when travel comfort depends. a thread
From 11:00 to 12:00, due to the school movement, the buses are full, both for entering and exiting students. If the bus stops in the area of ​​Plaza San Martín, if you have a long journey standing, you can find a place to sit at the end of the destination.

The journey can take more than half an hour, despite the fact that the car does not brake at some stops.

Waiting time may vary depending on where you go; if you are looking for transport in the centre, there is a wide range of bus routes. But if a more specific letter is expected, there may be a delay of twenty to thirty minutes. When the sun goes down, it gets worse. In addition, it is vital to leave early and at the stops with the highest demand, secure a seat (standing or seated), and stop the bus.

Traveling by bus has become more expensive for the pocket since the beginning of February. For example, the most used ticket, after the minimum, went up to $321.01. This cost remains as long as you have SUBE registered, as if you don't have it, it will cost 60% more. After the increase in the price of the ticket, many people thought that there would be positive changes while traveling. However, this has not happened yet, according to passengers who use the buses every day.

Gorina, Arturo Segui and Casco Urbano are the points that have the most problems with bus lines, where the wait is often tiring. Passengers even mentioned that cars do not stop at some bus stops during peak hours because they are full of people. In a troubled context, some individuals who live in the city center have started to walk to work or school on their own, as long as the distance is reasonable. Walking or cycling are alternatives to avoid buses.

“Honestly, I try to avoid the microphone. First, because I'm looking for savings and second, because it's often faster for me to ride my bike to work. I'm lucky I live nearby, otherwise I think I'd have no choice but to take the bus,” says Jose, a young employee who lives near his job in the Center.

However, for those who are further afield and who have their jobs in the City Center or who don't want to travel on their own, traveling can be a major inconvenience. This happens to Marcela de Gorina, who has to leave early to catch the bus and get to work on time. Despite his sacrifices and persistence, he has to face obstacles because many times the buses are overloaded and do not stop him; But if you think about it, we are already in March and the schools have started. “I don't know why they continue with those excuses,” he said. In Gorina, the minimum wait can be up to forty minutes on weekdays, while on “weekends” it can be up to an hour and twenty. They also depend solely on three buses to get around or get to the center of La Plata: Line 273 letters F and C and Norte 17.

“Sometimes there's another bus at the stop and the letter C or F turns towards the other bus and doesn't stop. This happens to us many times and then we have to wait over forty minutes for it to happen again. F takes the longest, which travels a longer distance,” emphasized Ophelia, another user who suffers from daily complications.

The situation in Arturo Segui is similar. Passengers depend exclusively on two buses: letters G and F (red sign) on line 273. They confirm that they have to have a lot of patience to be able to travel because the buses take a long time and do not stop at all the stops. during the schedule, with the greatest demand.

“They will have to send more buses, especially in the morning and afternoon, where many people go. Some are full, but there are drivers who are caught because they try to stop. Companies should offer better service,” said Lautaro, a neighbor who uses the service every day.

There is a recurring problem with multiple transit lines in the city center, as users have noted that while there is a variety of routes into the city center, many buses do not stop at certain stops.
“I had to go to school and I went to the 7-34 stop, even though several buses passed by, none of them wanted to stop. It happened to me in the afternoon. I had to wait 20 to 30 minutes for one to stop and I had to go downtown,” said Ariel, a university student.
According to passengers, it is customary to move to busier stops for buses to stop, making additional blocks.

“At 7 and 38, sometimes some lines don't even stop, and there is the square. neither in 7 and 43; At 7th and 45th, on the side that goes to Tolosa, buses continue when it's school time. Both 273 and North. “You're used to this happening,” Alejandra said.
On the other hand, several passengers made it clear that waiting at bus stops in the Center may increase if a specific bus is needed to go to another place. One of the targets was the Oeste 15, which goes to Abasto due to delays during the week. right in the center. “It cannot happen,” said Fernando.
Another common problem that emerged in the affected areas was that buses are not punctual, despite the schedule list published by Unión Platense in the “When is my bus coming” app.
At the same time, timetables of some bus lines are not published.

“People travel inconveniently during peak hours. The buses are full.”

Ophelia's employee

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