|The downside to riding buses in the winter is the salt on the windows. Ugh.|
|Come on! Hurry up!|
We crossed over a single railroad track, then turned onto Elm Street and crossed the same track again. Elm Street had slightly smaller houses that were closer together. After a small industrial section, we turned onto Middle Street, going over the Greenbush Line tracks and back to more houses. The street made a left turn, and snaked around south again.
|I think there's a river somewhere down there...|
|Not the same bus - this is the one I took back, seen at Braintree Station.|
|The bus at the Plaza. That one behind was a 240 heading up to Ashmont. Since when does the 240 go to the South Shore Plaza? Was it a faulty destination board?|
Ridership: There were about 20 people on my ride there, though a whole bunch of people were waiting at the mall - the bus left it with a pretty full load (this was a Saturday). This route seems to be split up into two: the section from Quincy Center to Braintree, for people going to the residential areas between those points; and the section from Braintree to the South Shore Plaza, which is a considerably shorter section, yet it seems to get more ridership.
Pros: This route is a fast link from Braintree to the Plaza - it's scheduled to take 8 minutes. This is one of only two routes to serve the Plaza, the other being the 238, which isn't nearly as quick. The 236 is also the only route to serve much of Braintree.
Cons: The schedule, for one thing. The route runs every hour weekdays and Sundays, and every 70 minutes on Saturdays. Every hour on weekdays sort of makes sense, since this is mostly a shopping route, but come on - every 70 minutes on Saturdays? Also, this route seems to be late a lot - our bus was at least 15 minutes behind schedule, and the one coming back arrived 10 minutes after it was supposed to. This could've been due to the Red Light of Doom, or perhaps the snow, but it was still annoying. Oh, and for those who work at the South Shore Plaza, sorry, but the 236 doesn't go there in the morning.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The South Shore Plaza is huge, with lots and lots of stores to choose from.
Final Verdict: 4/10
If you need to get from the Red Line to the South Shore Plaza, then this is the bus for you. Just don't miss one, because the schedule's awful. And don't use this if you work at the Plaza, because it doesn't go in the morning, Also, don't expect the bus to be on time, because it's late a lot. But, you know, it's great otherwise.
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