[Summit] #49 bus elimination; also RIPTA to Logan Airport
breslerfamily at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 08:57:42 CDT 2014
If that is the bus that goes down Hope Street , it is not only too
infrequent, it is undependable. (It used to be somewhat close to the
schedule they gave out.) Maybe it is due to the highway & traffic, now
included in the route, but it is still a problem.
I live on Hope. Afternoons, I have seen people standing for up to 1/2 an
hour, or more, across from my house when I was gardening.
Some of them are people who have come from medical appointment's at the
On several occasions, in hot weather, I have given people bottles of water
because they looked unsteady on their feet. Or once when it was cold & wet
I gave an older man a cup of hot tea. He definitely needed it. That was
after the bus FINALLY came, and probably because it was in such a hurry to
make up time, it went roaring by him. I've seen that several times.
My neighbor says she often has to give up and pay for a cab to get to work
Apparently there is also supposed to be some tracking app, but when the
buses are really late, it mysteriously doesn't track.
On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 10:40 PM, John Bazik <jbazik at gmail.com> wrote:
> > One other big change that RIPTA has made affects Summit in a positive
> > it is now possible to take the Route 1 (formerly 42) bus to South
> > from there to the train, then to the Silver Line, and finally to Logan
> > Airport. I tried this on the way home last week, and it was great --
> I agree in principle, but the practice leaves something to be desired. In
> RIPTA's proposal for the new Route 1, they promised increasing the
> frequency of busses from every 20mins to every 15mins. They did not - the
> bus runs every 20mins. However, because of the new route, it is now even
> less likely to be on time than before. And even if it was on time, the new
> map includes many fewer stops, so it becomes a puzzle of extrapolation to
> determine when the bus is supposed to be at any particular corner. One
> could reasonably count on the 42 to arrive within a 10-minute window at any
> particular stop. Now it runs according to no discernable schedule. Which
> would not be so bad if it ran more frequently...
> What should have been a terrific improvement in bus service on Hope Street
> is, instead, much worse.
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