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Your views: on buses, Zonfrillo, truancy and heritage rail

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Today, readers comment on funding public transport, a chef’s business, fines for school absenteeism, and rail memories.

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Commenting on the story: State Govt’s own research shows why wheels fell off bus reforms

The Government needs to rethink transport funding.

On the one hand it is going ahead with unpopular intersection upgrades, involving the demolition of scores of buildings including people’s homes, and removal of trees, but on the other hand it is trying to reduce or at least freeze spending on public transport.

While scrapping the planned bus route cuts and changes, it has taken away after-midnight bus services by stealth.

While some road projects are clearly justified, many could be avoided by reducing the number of cars on the road. How does one do that? By improving public transport, especially its frequency, by making it safe to cycle, walk and cross the road and by planning cities so that facilities are close to those who use them, or at least on major public transport routes.

Trans suburban (connector) services are important. Some of these exist, but are poorly patronised in inter-peak periods because of low frequencies. Who wants to wait half an hour for a connector bus so that he/she can get from one route to another?

It has been said before that road building generates traffic. It is true that Adelaide is growing, but if so it needs more public transport, not less. Public transport leads to more liveable cities.

The Government needs to rethink its transport funding priorities and spend a higher proportion of the available transport development money on public transport.Margaret Dingle

Commenting on the story: MasterChef host’s failed venture “may have traded while insolvent”

I thought the topic of discussion was MasterChef.

Is anyone really interested in Jock Zonfrillo’s finances?

He’s a cook not a financier, or maybe he does that better than cooking?

Lost me after “landlord “ and Maras group. – Ivana Dawe

Commenting on the story: Tenfold increase in fines for school truancy

I think increasing fines for truancy is a really positive move.

If a child has a genuine reason for being absent, then notifying the school is an absolute must and those who do this are not the ones who are guilty of truancy.

While I’ve been working from home, I’ve witnessed the same school-aged children roaming around my street during school hours on a daily basis.

These children have a record of antisocial behaviour, including property damage. I’d like to know how to report truancy. 

These are the people who deserve the harsher fines because they are the ones who are wagging school on a regular basis. – Danielle Bailey

Commenting on the story: State Heritage listing on right track

Good to see this article on the heritage listing of the Port Lincoln locomotive depot, including the roundhouse and workshops, and thank you for the lovely colour photo of Fageol rail bus 109.

It was converted from road bus 108 in 1933 and served the travelling public for nearly 30 years.

In the 1950s my brother travelled to Kimba in it to work on a farm. – Les Howard

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