The bus only serves JFK/UMASS on its outbound route for some reason - I'm not sure if it would gain much ridership from people looking to take a one-way trip to City Point. There were quite a few people at the station, which surprised me (the 5 has a very limited schedule). However, a 41 came along and everyone got on that. The driver on that bus looked at me like I was crazy before she drove off.
So then I got a bit nervous - what if the 5 wasn't coming? But finally, I saw it coming down Old Colony Ave. This driver also gave me a funny look as I boarded the bus, occupied by three old ladies. We went up Old Colony with a park on one side and projects on the other...presumably McCormack Housing. We went around a rotary and turned off onto Preble Street, which was residential.
|The bus looks completely empty in this picture.|
|The bus making the turn onto Farragut Road. I was the last one to get off.|
|If you look closely you can see the driver yelling at me.|
Ridership: There were only seven people that rode, with one of them riding for fun (me, obviously) and three that got on during the Leapfrog game. That's terrible ridership, I'm sorry, but that is terrible. Terrible!
Pros: Frankly, I'm hard-pressed to find any pros here.
Cons: First of all, this bus doesn't really serve anything. It's meant for residents at McCormack Housing to get to City Point - I guess - but you could also just do the 8 minute walk to Andrew and take the 9 or 10. You could even grab a 16 to Andrew if you really wanted to and transfer! And the 16 runs a lot more often than the 5, which brings me to my second point. This route is clearly meant for shopping, as it runs from 9 AM to 3 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays (no service on Sundays). It's every hour, though, while the 9 is every 10 minutes on weekdays! Again, walking to Andrew seems like it would be less of a hassle.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The beach, I guess. I've never found the area around JFK/UMASS to be especially appealing. I'm sure there are some nice restaurants somewhere in City Point.
Final Verdict: 2/10
I feel like I'm being really harsh. I've got a voice in the back of my head going "No, don't do it!" But I really can't see why this bus wouldn't get a 2. Perhaps there's more ridership on Saturdays? Well, it's a 2 for now.
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