As soon as we walked in, we heard one of the employees below mention shuttle buses. Oh, no. We didn't even know why they were running buses (turns out a maintenance vehicle got stuck on the tracks), but we had to walk into the busway. Upon getting there, there was another surprise: they were running the buses from Cambridge Park Drive. And what's more, there were a few CNG buses in the mix, something you never see at Alewife. Still, they can't fit in the busway, so I guess that's why they weren't using it. But the other buses could've still boarded from it.
We were the first people to get onto the second bus (the one ahead was too crowded), and the driver asked where we were going. "Harvard," I replied. "Hmm," the driver replied, "Is that what it says on the outside? I don't know where I'm going." Pause. "But get on." Well, this driver certainly knew what he was doing.
|Typical shuttle bus crowd (photo credits to Leo and his iPad).|
So we finally made our way up Route 16, which was moving at a pace a snail would scoff at. After what seemed like forever, we turned onto Broadway, then Holland Street at Teele Square. Coming into Davis, the buses slowed to a crawl. A massive crowd was denied entrance onto our bus for some reason, and so we headed on towards Porter. We moved pretty quickly through downtown Davis Square, and Mass Ave was fast, too.
|Massive crowd at Davis.|
|A line of shuttle buses at Harvard.|