|The bus in the parking lot.|
Geez...the inside of the bus was disgusting, though. The lighting was a strange muddy hue, while the ancient seats were lined up along the side of the bus. There was a stop request screen up front but no means of actually triggering it, and the back door took absolutely forever to open. I will say that it was really cool how the tracker knows how crowded each vehicle was, though.
|Oh boy, construction!|
|Okay, I gotta admit, I love this picture.|
Ridership: To my understanding, the ridership on this thing is really low. I mean, at a time when the other Umass route running, the 1 (which will be covered soon) was packed, the 3 had ridership in the single digits in the peak direction, and no one in the non-peak direction.
Pros: The Bayside Lot is a huge lot meant for commuters (students, staff, and visitors) to UMass, and this route is the link between that lot and the campus itself. The shuttle is frequent (every 5-7 minutes), meaning commuters don't have to wait too long for the next bus.
Cons: The problem is that it's run really inefficiently. They have one too many buses on this thing, to the extent that they get really long layovers, and you'll often see two buses at once at the Bayside lot. You could easily run the route just as frequently by cutting a bus and shortening the ridiculously long layovers!
Nearby and Noteworthy: In terms of the route's independent section, it's...uh...literally just a parking lot. So no, there's not much.
Final Verdict: 4/10
This route is definitely necessary in order to encourage people to park in the Bayside Lot, but it's run in just about the worst possible way. Yes, it's good that it's frequent, but why do all the buses have such long layovers at each termini? It's a really short route, so you could easily remove a bus and have it run just as often, and probably still have time for a decent layover. Use your resources better, Umass!
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