Veolia vanquish … their own supporters

Oh – my – stars!!! Even by the standards of stupidity that are the hallmark of capitalism, this is dumb!

Auckland rail operator Veolia – a private profit-making company with a monopoly on running Auckland’s rail services – trespasses a rail advocate from their station and trains for the hideous crime of … collecting signatures for a petition to extend rail to Auckland Airport. Words fail me, but not my keyboard 😉

The mechanical moron on the end of the Veolia spy-cam and intercom just reflects the terrified attitude of staff under the conformity demanded by capitalist companies, though. It is notable that Veolia and Ontrack have never openly supported lobby groups working to get better rail funding. Is it any wonder they struggle to keep up with public demand for rail.

Perhaps now ARC will see sense, and take over rail service provision in Auckland (even if as a CCO, like funding agency ARTA). That will cut the profits drained out of public funds by Veolia, and allow greater transparency and control of a public transport system in desperate need of it.

My sympathies to Jon Reeves, who I know to be a friendly, hardworking advocate for rail. Veolia should pay him, not ban him. At least ARC chair Mike Lee is getting onto the idiots at Veolia – may he tear a few strips off. Better still, dock Veolia financially for abjectly failing on customer service standards (Reeves was a customer).

Update:

And now Veolia & ARTA claim their staff mistook Mr Reeves for a fare dodger, yeh right! Credibility of this claim is NIL.

First, wouldn’t the staff have mentioned the unpaid fare when Mr Reeves asked them what was going on via the emergency phone? Wouldn’t the fact that he talked to them on the phone, and showed his ticket to their CCTV camera have discounted this obviously false claim?

Pathetic – Veolia should face financial penalty for this crass dishonesty, and involved ARTA staff should be given formal written warnings on their employment agreements. This shameful incident shows how out of touch Auckland rail agencies are, which explains why people like Jon Reeves are needed to lobby for improved rail. Left to themselves, ARTA and Veolia would do little more than an occassional extra train once every 5 years, which is useless.

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