|The dark, wet busway.|
|Fresh Pond can barely be seen between the trees.|
|Another snowy view.|
|And yet another snowy view.|
|Ugh, what an awful angle!|
Ridership: Although it was a snowy Saturday afternoon, 11 people still isn't very much. They all got on at Harvard and fed out at various points along the route. There were two other people who went all the way to Belmont Center. Looking at the charts, the 75 performs consistently badly ridership-wise no matter what day of the week it is.
Pros: This route is a fine alternative to the 74 if you're going to Belmont Center. They're coordinated most of the time, though most people got off along the 75's independent portion. It's also a surprisingly scenic ride, especially in the snow.
Cons: On its own, the 75 is every hour all through weekdays and Saturdays. Saturday evenings and Sundays it gets replaced by the 72/75, which runs every 40 minutes. I still believe that all service should be taken over by the latter, since neither the 72 nor the 75 get very high ridership alone.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Belmont Center again. See the 74 post for more information on that.
Final Verdict: 4/10
I will say that the 75 is slightly more useful than the 72, since it covers a much larger distance. Still, though, I feel that they should be merged full-time, which would be more efficient. Neither of the routes get especially high amounts of ridership, even on weekdays, so the MBTA could perhaps save some money by merging the routes.
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