When trains to busans are delayed, there’s a lot of blame to go around: Busan
Busan, South Korea – When train services to the northern city of Busan were suspended in late January, it was blamed on a lack of communication between the train company and the Seoul government.
Busan’s regional transport operator, the Busan Regional Railway Co., (BRRC), says the issue was solved in a matter of days, with the problem being resolved on March 1.
But for the people living near Busan who live on the outskirts of the city, the situation isn’t that simple.
In a report released in January, Busan University professor Jang Seok-cheol pointed to a lack, in part, of communication.
“In order to provide services, the government needs to have the authority to provide the necessary information about the needs of the citizens,” Jang told Quartz.
“To have that authority, you need to have a proper communication channel between the government and the people, which was not the case in Busan.”
Busan Mayor Jeong Hyeong-seok told Quartz that the problem was the responsibility of the government.
“The train company was supposed to provide information to the government about the condition of the train network.
That information was not provided,” Jeong said.
Jeong also pointed to the problems that Busan faced on the way to Busan International Airport.
“This is a very congested area and there was a shortage of buses,” Jeung said.
“And then when they arrived at Busan Airport, there were already more buses than there were people.
That was the problem.”
Busans residents who live in the area are in a different situation, but they have their own complaints about the situation.
“It’s not about a lack in communication,” said Park Jong-woo, a resident of the northern district of Jangwon, in a statement to Quartz.
Instead, she said, the problem lies with the government’s inability to communicate effectively with residents.
“I have my concerns with the lack of information from the government,” Park said.
Park and other residents living in the northern part of Busans capital city say that they have not been able to communicate with the city’s regional government, which has been unable to provide them with official information about services that the region receives from the Seoul-based BRRC.
“Busan is the third-largest city in Busans region, and we receive a lot from the KRG [South Korea] for infrastructure projects.
And yet, there is no communication about the project,” Park told Quartz over email.
The problem was made worse by a lack-of-information problem in Busannas northern district.
“There is a lack not only of information, but also lack of understanding of the situation,” said Jeong.
“We had to find alternate ways to get information to our families.
We couldn’t use the bus to get to work, and it was really difficult.”
Residents say that the lack- of-information issue has caused tensions between the region’s residents and the regional government.
Park’s neighborhood, which lies close to the city center, is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Busan.
As residents walk down their streets, they hear the sound of heavy trucks and the sound, of construction vehicles, as the region is hit by heavy rains.
“You can hear it in the night,” Park added.
“During heavy rains, the water can be so deep, that you can’t see what’s going on on the street.
The streetlights are all gone.”
Park said that many residents live in her neighborhood, while some are unable to reach the area.
“They have to go to the other side of the street, to other parts of the district, or to the suburbs,” Park explained.
“But when we are in the same neighborhood, we can’t communicate with each other.”
Residents living in other parts in Busanyan say that a lack othe a lack communication from the region was the root cause of their frustration.
“If you go to other regions, there are buses that go to all of the surrounding regions,” said Yoon Seok, a Busan resident living in Busaan.
“At the moment, we are not getting any information about these services.”
According to a statement issued by the Busanyans regional government in March, there have been “unresolved issues” with the region and “the situation has not been solved” in the region.
But Jang, the professor who wrote the Busannan University report, believes the situation is not resolved.
“People living near the bus network were not aware that there was any issue in Busanoan.
Busans people are very sensitive to the fact that there are no buses in Busaniyon.
This is why they feel like the issue has not gone away,” Jangs comments on Quartz.
According to Jang’s study, the region has a population of about 16 million, of which about 8 million live in