|The bus coming into Quincy Center.|
|A side street leading to a church.|
|The bus at North Quincy.|
Ridership: The 212's ridership is really, really, really low. I mean, it's the 15th least-used route on weekdays with 293 riders per day, and...wow, okay...the fourth least-used route on Saturdays, with only 151 riders. I had no idea how awful this ridership was until I looked it up just now, and...wow, this is really gonna impact the route's score.
Pros: You know, I will say that the 212 does actually serve a neighborhood far from other transit modes, unlike the 210. It's also nice (?) that despite the route only running six days per week, it gets seven-day service, courtesy of the 211 running along the 212 on Sundays.
Cons: Usually I can at least say that "the schedule is sensible," but no, it's not! On weekdays, the route runs rush hours only...but then it runs all day on weekends! What?! Not to mention it runs twice as often in the morning than the evening (every half hour vs. every hour). That weekday schedule has the right idea, though - clearly weekend service is not necessary on the 212! Fourth-worst ridership on Saturdays? Just despicable!
Nearby and Noteworthy: The 212's independent section is almost entirely houses, so, uh, no.
Final Verdict: 2/10
The 212 isn't quite 1/10 territory, but it's definitely close. Still, I think it does get a reasonable amount of rush hour ridership in the peak direction, so that's why I'm not going all the way down. All other times, though, this route could (and should) easily be eliminated. Come on, it gets practically nobody on Saturdays! You could use the extra service on a Quincy route that actually needs it, like the 240! Yeah, this is most definitely my least-favorite route of the three North Quincy buses.
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