|The bus coming down West Milton Street.|
|A view of a river.|
|This is truly an urban center right here.|
We turned onto River Street, which was also residential. Soon, however, we crossed over the Commuter Rail tracks at Hyde Park Station and entered Cleary Square. The street was lined with businesses for a while, then turned to dense houses. Now we were joined by the 24, and bunching with it, unfortunately.
|Huh. An abandoned factory, I guess.|
|The bus at Mattapan.|
Ridership: On my ride, there were about 20 people in total. The large majority of them got on at Georgetown, and all but two people went all the way to Mattapan. Overall, the route gets an average of 1,246 riders per weekday and 462 on Saturdays.
Pros: The route serves some neighborhoods that are pretty much in the fringes of Boston and links them up to Mattapan Station. Georgetowne is a big ridership draw in particular, and so is Cleary Square to a much lesser extent.
Cons: The schedule of course! And the 33's schedule is pretty bad - every 30-35 minutes rush hour, and every hour weekdays and Saturdays. On another note, its route near Georgetown is rather circuitous, but I don't think there's much that can be done about that. Finally, there's the fact that we were bunching with the 24. Was this a fluke, or are the two routes not really coordinated? Based on the schedule, it looks like the latter.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Aside from Cleary Square, I didn't see much of note along this journey. Cleary Square does have a bunch of businesses, though.
Final Verdict: 5/10
The 33 does serve a fair amount, but its schedule is pretty darn bad. I suppose Georgetowne still gets Sunday service from the 40/50 to Forest Hills, but it seems like there's a certain amount of people who want to get to Mattapan from there. I mean, let's face it, Georgetowne is really the main ridership producer for the 33. Finally, this route really should be better coordinated with the 24, at least so that they don't bunch together.
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