On a Tuesday night

I went out for dinner with some people from last night. We went over to some Italian place (can’t remember the name, but there is only one) at Ackerstraße. The was pretty Italian (pizza, pasta, starters and so on) and also pretty good, but alas the prices were also pretty Mitte-like.

So anyway, we had some food and drinks, and then went from there for just one beer on the way to the subway. The place was a Mexican cantina at , and of course one beer turned into a couple more and led to an exciting journey home – powered by .

Not only did we need to catch replacement bus service – which we almost did not find, due to missing directions – at , which just by the way is a great place to get off after midnight, but then I missed the connecting subway at , which is another great location to spend the night out in Berlin. So I walked home from there. Blah…

The thing is, I always thought the subways keep going until 1 AM during the week. So correct me if I am wrong, but why do they stop going at 0:45 AM, then? Does 1 AM mean at the start/end of each track, or is this just a not so exact statement to stop the service whenever you fucking feel like it.

I mean, even if they probably can not “stop” everywhere immediately, it would be have been super-nice if we actually made the connecting train from the replacement bus and did not have to wait for 45 minutes to catch the next night bus, which just takes another 30 minutes where the subway trip would be probably four or five.

And this is just one of the things that really pisses me off with the BVG.

The fucking ticket for a single trip costs €2.10 EUR already, and the prices will be upped again soon anyway, and the service is just declining all over the fucking place. The only thing increasing over time are checks on people to see if they bought a ticket or not – “Die Fahrausweise bitte!”.
Last night there were these clerks at Hermannplatz who were just too bored to tell anyone running down the stairs that there is no train anymore, and when you asked them what was up, the only reply is, “Feierabend”. And that was it.

But hey, you can probably blame everything on vandalism and graffiti… And make the good people pay for it.

6 Comments so far

  1. max mey (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    The Italian restaurant in the Ackerstrasse is called papa pane. I don’t go there anymore for now more than a half year. And so do my friends as well. The thing is: the family “pane” seems to be very friendly in the beginning (in fact they are, if you like to be dealed superficially and in this bothering, annoying, fake-familial “ciao, wie gehts, schön dic zu sehe!” style), but if you go there more than 4 times a week, or lets call it “very very often”, you won’t be treated like you would (and can) expect it. It would go beyond the scope, to get into details, but let me tell you: do not go there. Even if the food and the cooking is quite good (actually it is more “quite ok”), even if the location is great (it is), please, do yourself the favor and DON’T GO THERE.
    Pane sucks. Really.
    By the way: around the corner, in Invalidenstrasse is a Italian called “Bocca di Buon Gusto”, formerly known as “Rosmini”. Better food, better staff, better dining.

  2. till (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 11:50 am

    Yeah, I actually like Il Casolare better anyway. It’s not like it was my choice, but the place and food are nice indeed – at least on first sight.

  3. Chris Matthews (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    I beg to differ on your complaints about BVG.

    I live in Bristol, UK. If I need to get any form of train in this city – forget it! We have to rely on buses which stop running after 11pm.

    If I wish to travel from the city center of Bristol to my home (a distance of less than 4 miles), I have to pay £4.00 – or 5.60 Euro. A taxi would cost at least £10.00 (14 Euro).

    I’ve always found the transport in Berlin quick, easy, efficient and above all cheap in comparison with my home city. If I could get a train home at 12:30am for 2.10 Euro I would be so happy!!!

  4. till (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

    You may differ of course, but Bristol (~400k people) is also another playground compaired to Berlin (3.4 million people).
    In my home town (roughly 270k people) buses also stop at some point during the night and who can blame them since there is very little demand.

    The BVG here is constantly rising prices while the service is getting worse and worse. The primary excuse is vandalism. And just because somewhere on the planet it’s even more expensive doesn’t make it any better for me.

    For a metro like Berlin, I would “expect” trains to come all around the clock. Of course I don’t expect them every five minutes, but maybe every 20?
    Putting the service on hold and offering a complex and slow system of night buses as a replacement is not my idea of service.

    I know it’s pretty cool to be able to go everywhere by subway during the day, and I even see some of your arguments. The issue I wrote about was related to being late from a replacement service bus and no communication whatsoever about connecting trains. And even stopping earlier – at least in my opinion.

    The system BVG put up is getting more and more complex, for example if you buy a ticket which is valid for an hour but you are only allowed to go in one direction – even if time permits you to go back, you need to buy another. How stupid is that?

    I know, economical it’s pretty bright. But since I am not a shareholder, but a customer, it sucks.

  5. Julian (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

    Actually there are two Italian restaurants, the Papa Pane and the Locanda Pane.


  6. till (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

    The one I’ve been to is directly next to the entrance to the supermarket. More at the corner to Invalidenstr. (If I am not mistaken)

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