Name: Thomas

Age: 19

Education: University of Wollongong

What do you think are the current issues of public transport?

For me, since I catch the bus to uni, I would say it’s the amount of times the bus comes to and from UOW. I catch the 887 bus from Campbelltown to Wollongong and the bus times are actually ridiculous. It starts at 7:10am and ends at 6:45pm. Those are the first and last bus times, and buses come ever hour except between 12:45pm and 3:45pm. Absolutely ridiculous. Say I finished a tutorial or lecture at 1:30pm, I’d have to wait like over 2 hours for the next bus. Most times the buses actually come late, which is also ridiculous.

How do you think that issue can be resolved?

I’m not really sure to be completely honest. I’ve heard that a news channel has actually tried to get attention on this issue of the bus, but I don’t think anything has come of it. Like, I’m pretty sure people have been complaining about this bus line for years but nothing has ever changed. It’s probably still as bad, if not, even worse than before. Maybe if more students and civilians complain to the government or to the Campbelltown and Wollongong council then improvements can be made. But until then, the students just have to deal with what we’ve been given.

If you had known about this issue before choosing UOW, would this have guided you to go to another university?

Probably not. I really liked UOW. I went to about 3 or 4 open days and really liked UOW the best. I mean sure, some other universities would have been faster and easier to get to, but the bus ride isn’t that bad, it’s more the bus times. I just hope they can provide more 887 buses in the future.