Bus 22 is one of sixty-four Ripta buses in Rhode Island. It travels to Pontiac Avenue, passing through many different areas like St. Joseph Hospital, the Rhode Island Department of Correction, Warwick Mall, St. Paul’s All Saints Cemetery, and the Community College of Rhode Island. Through its travels, it picks up all types of people of every age and ethnicity. As a bus traveling back and forth on a single route, it becomes the bridge between destinations, carrying people away to different locations.
When thinking about Away or the Unfamiliar, I was curious to explore the world of public transportation on Bus 22. Growing up in southern California, I’ve never paid too much attention to buses especially since having a car is such a necessity and is so common. It was only after coming to the East coast did I realize how convenient and strange buses were. Here were people of all ages that didn’t have access to a car, often sitting quietly and keeping to themselves while also being so close among complete strangers. Traveling to different locations, it is only in that one particular time, space, and proximity will these people be together. For my away project, I documented my ventures on Bus 22 in hopes to better understand the people and environment of public transportation.