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Must. Be. Angry on behalf of my fellow students. 
2nd-Oct-2007 07:10 pm
Must. Not. Mock because I have my student card.

By the way, London Transport is stupidly expensive. I live in zone 4, and a monthly travelcard would cost me about £80. An adult card in £120.That's a saving of £40 a month on the student card - $80.

And for those people waiting for a student card before they buy the travelcard, you're looking at £4 - $8 - every single journey, whether it's from Heathrow to Southgate (actually I think that's £5) or Leicester Square to Covent Garden.

Oystercard fucked up again, and of course, are refusing to refund the students who are losing out because their website, which incidentally is appallingly designed and maintained, hasn't been able to cope with students actually wanting a discount.

And people say the Olympic brand doesn't reflect the state of London today.
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2nd-Oct-2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
They're run by incompetants. And greedy incompetants at that. This is not news.

The best way to get a refund is to continually phone and demand one.
2nd-Oct-2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I remember what a hassle it was sending my application in by post, and I wasn't even getting Oyster. (I bought a photocard and used weekly paper tickets almost the entire time I was at the LSE, back in the days when you still could.) And of course all the new students want their cards now, so of course the system crashed. Bastards.

(For my own public transport gripes, I've discovered that if I buy a sandwich at National Airport instead of Pentagon City Mall on my way to class tonight, I save about $0.15 on travel costs for travelling the exact same distance. Granted, it's not a vast sum of money, but over the course of my ten-week class that's an extra single fare to somewhere.)
2nd-Oct-2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
IANAS. I live in zone 2. It costs me £89.10 a month just to go to work. Before Oyster when I was a student I'd go to the desk, wave my student card at them and renew my travelcard. Easy. You'd think there'd be some kind of simple system like this that allowed you to bypass the website when its broken.
2nd-Oct-2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
And yet - and it hurts to say this, being a smug New Yorker and all - your underground system is still better than ours.
2nd-Oct-2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
TfL said they were "working hard to urgently resolve" the problems, which were due to high demand, and asked people to apply out of office hours.

Oh, you mean, term has started and all the students want to do it at once?

Who could possibly have predicted that, I mean, that's so totally unexpected.

Oh, wait...

OTOH, £80 compared to the cost of running a car in Devon? I'll take the TFL prices PLZKTHX.
3rd-Oct-2007 01:25 am (UTC)
what is the world coming to?? i thought Boston had it bad at $59/month to ride the T, or $2/ride without a pass. it sucks being an adult. my student discount expired recently, and i really got used to paying $29.50.
3rd-Oct-2007 01:39 am (UTC)
*Sobs* Any idea WHY it's so expensive though? I mean, if no one used it that might make sense, but isn't it very popular? It seems like it should be cheaper, especially to encourage people to use them instead of cars, etc.
3rd-Oct-2007 08:43 am (UTC)
Because, sadly, it's bigger and better than all the other subway systems. It's also really old and requires a lot of maintenance, and drivers andotherworkers have negotiated high wages by simply having power over the very infrastructure of the city.

It's still cheaper than the £8 congestion charge.
3rd-Oct-2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
True and fair enough. It's okay if I still complain about it though, right?
3rd-Oct-2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Yes. But Londoners will get defensive if someone else complains. That's what we do.
3rd-Oct-2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
Bit like New York, in a way. XD Well, I'll keep my complaints to myself, when I'm there. And will just bemoan my empty pocketbook all other times.
3rd-Oct-2007 09:09 am (UTC)
I love your icon so very much, and am now humming that tune again.
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