|The bus coming into its terminus.|
|Another shot in Brighton Center. Well, south of it.|
|Hello, huge toll!|
|My, that John Hancock Building certainly is reflective, isn't it?|
|The bus at Copley Square.|
Ridership: My ride only had five passengers, but we were going in the non-peak direction early in the rush hour. Overall, the route's ridership isn't too high, either, with an average of 564 riders per weekday. That said, it doesn't make too many trips in a day, so that means more passengers per bus.
Pros: It's like the 501, except it goes to Copley instead! Assuming the highway is running quickly, it's a very fast way of getting to Brighton Center (and Oak Square) from Boston. I also like how this route and the 501 bypass the annoying Newton Corner loop, speeding up the ride just a little bit. There are already 50 million express buses that serve Newton Corner, anyway.
Cons: Another difference between the 503 and the 501 is that this one doesn't run as often. During the morning rush, it's pretty good, with every 15 minute service, but in the evening, that becomes every 25-30 minutes.
Nearby and Noteworthy: I gushed over Brighton Center in my 501 review, and though I still like it, I'm not sure if I would recommend it as...wholeheartedly as I did in that post. Don't get me wrong, it's still a nice place.
Final Verdict: 8/10
It may not run often, but for a simple commuter bus, the 503 does its job well. Consider this 8/10 to also apply to the 501, too. I don't know why I gave it such a low score in my review of that route, but here's my chance to redeem myself. Consider it...uh, redempted.
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Just to let you guys know, I'm taking a break next week, but I'll be back September 1st.