It depends on what the meaning of “late” is

Sydney’s CityRail transit system is, by most accounts, woeful. It’s beset by strikes, cancellations, maintenace problems, crowds and lateness.
So what are the transit booh-bahs doing to solve the problem? Redefining “on time” so that trains which are up to five minutes late can be counted as “on time”.
Trains on Sydney’s Cityrail network will be officially allowed to run even later from September next year, when the new timetable comes into effect.
It means peak-hour trains that run five minutes late will be regarded as running “on time”.
At the moment suburban peak-hour trains are only declared late if they are four minutes or more behind their scheduled time of arrival.
But the rail safety regulator has examined the issue, and found that the benchmarks for measuring on-time running are too tight compared with other rail systems.

That’s so nonsensical, only a bureaucrat could think it up.


One comment

  1. Sam

    Last time I used the Sydney rail system was back in 1996, and it didn’t seem that bad then.
    But changing the time tables so your late trains now arrive “on time”, that’s a Dilbert-esque solution to a problem. But I guess it’s cheaper and easier to change timetables instead of cracking the whip on rail employees and getting the trains to stop running late.