|The bus at Wellington.|
|Turning off of the Fellsway.|
|Going by Medford City Hall.|
|Looking down a side street.|
|Nice solar, dude!|
|A quick glimpse of Winchester Center.|
|A side street.|
|A little plaza in Woburn Square.|
|A residential side street.|
|Turning off of Main Street, with its median.|
|A brief glimpse of Main Street.|
|The bus at North Woburn - or is it "South Winchester"?|
Ridership: The 134 gets pretty good ridership overall, with 2,149 riders per weekday, 1,357 per Saturday, and 630 per Sunday. Most of it is concentrated on the inner section, which is reflected in the schedule, but we'll get to that right...
Pros: ...now. The schedule is pretty good for the route's ridership, with the route running about every 20 minutes during rush hour, every half hour during the day and on Saturdays, and every hour at night and on Sundays. With weekday and Saturday service, every other bus terminates at Playstead Road, which makes sense; with Sunday service, trips only go as far as Woburn Square, which also seems sensible.
Cons: Isn't this route just a bit...insane? Depending on the time, it can terminate at North Woburn (via TradeCenter 128, Veterans Senior Center, both, or neither), Woburn Square, Playstead Road, or even Medford Square, a trip of about 10 minutes! It's just all rather complicated! Also, there are definitely some stops along this route that need to be fixed, most notably the senior center. It may only get a few trips per day, but it's still a senior center!
Nearby and Noteworthy: Both downtowns this route serves seem pretty interesting. The 134 is the cheaper way of getting to Winchester Center (although Commuter Rail runs there too), while it's essentially the only way of getting to Woburn Square outside of rush hour.
Final Verdict: 7/10
You know, I like the 134. It's a long route that serves a lot and gets decent ridership, and its schedule is structured pretty well for the most part. It is strange that the route can take as long as 52 minutes to get to North Woburn or as short as 9 minutes to get to Medford Square, and that senior center stop is abysmal, but this is definitely a good route!
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