Dr_Tony wrote:1. Bike -to and from uni it takes 25-30 minutes
2. Train -can take a very short while, only a 5 minute or so trip with a bit of a walk at either end. However, there are some periods during the day that there may be a 45 minute gap between trains, coal and freight trains generally get priority on the Newcastle suburban system.
3. Bus -if the thing turns up at all. Takes about 45 minutes,but potentially with a 20 minute wait, can be full of obnoxious Jesmond High kids in the afternoon, but a bit more flexibilty with time.
4. Car -if I brought it up to Newcastle that week, only really use this option with a combination of trackwork on the mainline between Sydney and Newcastle and heavy rain, in other words 3 times in the last 2.5 years.
The problem with PT in NSW is the large gaps between services, the waiting time just is too long. On the bike I can come and go as I please.
In that situation, I'd be biking it too/from uni all the time. The most reliable method out of all the above.
One of the major issues with public transport in NSW, is that it basically focuses on Sydney CBD. Newcastle and Wollongong get some consideration, but otherwise you're on your own.
(didn't someone say that NSW standards for Newcastle Sydney and Wollongong? - because those are the 3 places that nearly all government consideration and funding goes).