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Odd this… that Dublin Bus report. January 27, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
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Puzzling to read…

DUBLIN BUS has enough buses to meet demand even with the loss of a number of services through cutbacks, Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey insisted yesterday.

While…

[A] Deloitte report concluded that the Bus Éireann network service was efficient and it identified no potential scope to achieve major savings without reducing services.

The Minister argued…

Mr Dempsey said the report showed Dublin Bus does not need more buses but needs to use its current fleet more efficiently.

Hmmm…

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1. Crocodile - January 28, 2009

This morning I am mostly listening to….’Only Losers take the Bus’ by Cathal Coghlan.

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2. WorldbyStorm - January 28, 2009

;) or :(

even losers won’t be able to take the bus…

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3. treebm - January 28, 2009

interesting things in that report. Dublin Bus receives less of its total revenue from the Public Service Obligation then pretty much any European country. c29% compared to 38% for example in London. The exec summary is well worth a skim. There do seem to be some fair points (that we all could have said without doing a report) that buses aren’t scheduled properly (ie whenever you need a bus theres none, and buses always come in packs, or schools, or something plural) and they could provide quite a good “efficient” service if this was resolved. On the other hand, Bus Eireann are operating at the most efficient level possible. As I said, some interesting things that won’t get said in the papers.

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4. treebm - January 28, 2009

report available at the bottom of this page http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=44

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5. Jer - January 28, 2009

what Noel probably means is with so many people not having to get up for work in the morning the rush hour just got less rushed.

Hence the extra spare capacity.

I know this is the wrong forum but hell its all so depressing that we need a joke sometimes. At least its related to consultants :

The spoon:

A lesson on how consultants can make a difference in an organization.
Last week, we took some friends to a new restaurant, ‘Steve’s Place,’ and noticed
that the waiter who took our order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket.
It seemed a little strange. When the busboy brought our water and utensils, I observed
that he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket. Then I looked around and saw that all the staff
had spoons in their pockets. When the waiter came back to serve our soup I inquired, ‘Why the spoon?’
‘Well, ‘he explained, ‘the restaurant’s owner hired Andersen Consulting to revamp all of our processes.
After several months of analysis, they concluded that the spoon was the most frequently dropped utensil.
It represents a drop frequency of approximately 3 spoons per table per hour. If our personnel are better
prepared, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per shift.’
As luck would have it, I dropped my spoon and he replaced it with his spare. ‘I’ll get another spoon next
time I go to the kitchen instead of making an extra trip to get it right now.’ I was impressed.
I also noticed that there was a string hanging out of the waiter’s fly. Looking around, I saw that all of
the waiters had the same string hanging from their flies. So, before he walked off, I asked the waiter,
‘Excuse me, but can you tell me why you have that string right there?’ ‘Oh, certainly!’ Then he lowered
his voice. ‘Not everyone is so observant. That consulting firm I mentioned also learned that we can save
time in the restroom. By tying this string to the tip of our you-know-what, we can pull it out without touching
it and eliminate the need to wash our hands, shortening the time spent in the restroom by 76.39%. I asked quietly,
‘After you get it out, how do you put it back?’ ‘Well,’ he whispered, ‘I don’t know about the others, but I use the spoon.

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