When you catch public transport as much as I do, particularly to the south side of Brisbane, there is one thing you learn very quickly. This is that the 140 bus route does not stop at Garden City! Seeing people suddenly freak out when they see the bus turning left onto Mains Road after the Griffith University Busway Station, is something I find extremely amusing. You can see them yelling at themselves thinking, ‘where on earth is this bus taking me?’ I know this is a little mean, but mostly I am just relieved that for once, the person on the wrong bus isn’t me
I have had more than a few incidents where I have accidently been caught on the wrong bus route. The latest happened last week when I had to travel from Roma St to QUT Kelvin Grove (a typical 3 minute bus journey) and I mistakenly thought to myself: “Of course all 300 buses travel along the Inner Northern Busway”. Let me tell you now, the 345 does not.
After freaking out and yelling at myself in my head, as it suddenly dawned on me that I had no idea where this bus was going: I hopped off at the first available stop (which was about 500m from where I needed to be) and walked back. As further punishment to myself I had to walk up the huge hill along Musk Avenue – in a hurry because now I was running late!
Oh how I love Gardens Point campus and its level topography.
Although these random trips on incorrect buses can be quite the spontaneous adventure – it’s no fun when you are in a hurry… like on the way to an exam or presentation.
Next time, I’ll just stick with the free intercampus shuttle bus.