|Case in point...|
|Gosh, they make it seem like Joseph's is the best company ever...|
|The back of the bus with the wheelchair lift.|
|What's that I see up front? Why, I do believe it's our driver on the phone. That's right, I have photographic evidence!|
|A side street.|
|The sign was on the other side of the bus, so that's why it's a bit weirdly zoomed in.|
|I'm impressed that they created so much snow. It was rather cold that day, admittedly.|
|A big field...thing.|
|A side street.|
|Crossing a small river.|
|The driver got mad at me when I took this. Look, I'll stop taking pictures when you stop talking on the phone, okay?|
Ridership: Well, my ride had a whole four people on it in total. But perhaps the bus's overall ridership is better? Let's see, it averages out to...89 people per day. Yeah, okay, we're not really talking about high numbers here.
Pros: Well, it has to be said that the 716 definitely serves a long distance. However, is there a lot to serve along that distance? Not really - aside from Canton Center and Cobbs Corner, there isn't much to draw ridership along the route. Thus, the 716's schedule is infrequent, running every hour weekdays and Saturdays, with no Sunday service. Still, it's sensible, and I understand why they would run it so infrequently. Yup, this seems like a pretty good schedule.
Cons: Hang on...it only runs until 12:30 PM on Saturdays? What? Why?! Having it only run in the morning cuts off potential shoppers from getting anything done in the afternoon. Either run full service or no service at all, Joseph's, because this half-service thing you've got going on makes no sense. Another problem that can't really be helped is the fact that it's just one bus shuttling back and forth along the route with no layover time, meaning it can easily be late. That said, it would make absolutely no sense to add a second vehicle to the route, considering its ridership, so the lateness will have to do. But you know what can be changed? The drivers. Get ones that don't talk on the phone.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There's Canton Center, which seems like a fine place to spend an afternoon. Oh wait, you can't do that on Saturdays. Okay, well, the 716 also goes right by some important trailheads into the Blue Hills Reservation, which seems like a great place to spend the day hiking. Just don't go later than noon if you're doing it on a Saturday, 'cause this bus can't help you after that!
Final Verdict: 3/10
Look, it has to be said that this route serves a lot. A lot of woods, that is. I guess at best, it can serve as a slower, less crowded alternative to the Stoughton Line, but it would take so much longer. Other than that, aside from some office parks on the Royall Street detour we didn't take, Cobbs Corner and Canton Center seem like the only major ridership draws. However, this route's Saturday schedule is just insulting. If anyone knows the reason for the morning-only thing, please let me know, because it just seems ridiculous. Oh, and finally, there's the whole phone thing. I'm sorry, but that did not make me feel safe at all. At least the route's scenery is nice...
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