|After reviewing two WRTA routes with Proterras, this Gillig looks kinda boring...|
|The inside of the bus.|
|Well...consider that photo attempt a failure.|
|Ahhh...lovely Millbury Center.|
|Some industrial scenery around Route 20.|
|An urban side street.|
|The intersection with Vernon Street.|
|The bus back at the Central Hub.|
Ridership: See, this is a perfect example of why the WRTA should publish ridership statistics! My ride only had five people, and they all came from Blackstone (which was odd), but I have no way of knowing if other trips are more popular. We were going against the peak direction, after all.
Pros: This is the only bus that serves Millbury Center, which presumably gives it some good local and commuter ridership. Indeed, this is basically the only bus that serves Millbury, since the 4 runs express through the town. The 22 also has a pretty good schedule, running every hour on Saturdays and about every hour on weekdays.
Cons: The key word is that "about" - the route actually runs anywhere from every 66 minutes to every 77 minutes on weekdays! The times the bus leaves the Central Hub are complete madness, and there's not much that can be done about that given its length, but it's really annoying. Additionally, and this is another issue with not knowing the route's ridership, the bus could theoretically run on Sundays, but I would have to know how many passengers it gets on Saturdays before making that call.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Eh...I would have to say Blackstone again, since the 22 takes only a few minutes longer to get there than the 4. Millbury Center just doesn't seem that interesting, and most of the rest of the route is suburbs.
Final Verdict: 7/10
The 22 definitely serves a lot, and despite taking an indirect route, it's still a quick way of getting to The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley. After all, every rider on my trip came from the mall, so clearly the route is seen as an equal to the 4. The 22's schedule is a lot less consistent than the 4's, though, and that ultimately puts my bias toward the latter, but for Millbury riders, this is a great bus. Monday through Saturday, at least.
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