|The 9 where I boarded it.|
|On the right is the last set of 1960's-era 01400 trains on the MBTA. They're used as work cars now.|
|What a view!|
Crossing over I-90, we went by the Old John Hancock Building and a building reminiscent of the Flatiron in New York. We then turned onto St James Ave, going by the Hancock Building itself and through Copley Square. I actually stayed on the bus as it went onto Huntington Ave, Ring Road, and Boylston Street, coming back on the other side of the Square where I got off.
|The bus at Copley.|
Ridership: Like I said at the disclaimer at the beginning, there were only seven people who rode on my trip. But again, the buses going the other way would be extremely crowded. Presumably I was going in the wrong direction for ridership.
Pros: The 10 also goes from City Point to Copley, but the 9 is quicker, more direct, and runs much more often. In fact, it's every five minutes during rush hour! During the day it's every 15-25 minutes, every 25 minutes during the night (with the last trip departing Copley just shy of 1 in the morning), every 20-25 minutes Saturdays, and every half hour Sundays. Overall, that's a pretty good schedule for a non-key route.
Cons: The only thing I don't like about this route is that loop at Broadway. Maybe there's some traffic law I don't know about, but it seems like the route illustrated in this map would be easier - it cuts the trip in half!
Nearby and Noteworthy: This bus goes right by the Medieval Manor, which is apparently a very fun medieval-themed restaurant (I've never been myself).
Final Verdict: 8/10
I would give it a 9, but the fact that there's a simple solution to the inbound Broadway route lowers the score. Does the MBTA not want two Broadway stops (the current one is shared with the 11 and 47)? If you know why the routing's so weird, please drop me a comment below.
Latest MBTA News: Service Updates
Real-time tracking is coming to the Green Line! I hope it gets countdown clocks, too.