The big plan for better buses
It is true that more frequent buses are more useful to everyone. More frequent services get more people onto the buses. More passengers mean more viable services. And that helps shift more journeys from cars into buses, leading to less congestion and less pollution.
At the moment bus frequency is being cut on many routes, and evening and weekend services are suffering. This doesn’t help anyone.
In some cases, bus services that are lost can be defined as socially necessary, and the slack taken up by the transport authority. This includes evening and weekend services that are dropped by a commercial company that feels that they are unprofitable. There is no requirement for companies to cross subsidize, even within a single bus route, for the benefit of the passenger. So the private firms keep the profitable routes, and the taxpayer steps in where the free market fails. With less funding for these socially necessary services, and more routes being abandoned by commercial operators in pursuit of ever more profits, something has to give.