|A 1400! Too bad it's nighttime.|
We swung around to the Monsignor O'Brien Highway, turned onto Third Street, and took a right onto Cambridge Street. It was a mixture of businesses, houses, and apartments, though the houses were gone after a little while. We crossed over a single railroad track, which I believe the MBTA wants to convert into part of the Indigo Line, and passed the King Open School.
|Another blurry nighttime picture, this one at Harvard.|
|Ah, much better. This was time I took it to my friend's house.|
|Another one at Harvard.|
Ridership: This is a pretty heavily-used route - there were about 30 people who rode on my trip, during a Saturday night. Many of them used it for local service along the route, though a few actually took it from beginning to end. It's a great crosstown route, after all.
Pros: As I mentioned, the 69 is a quick link from Harvard to Lechmere, scheduled at 17 minutes. Of course, it often takes longer, but we'll get to that. For such a short route, the 69 serves quite a lot, cutting right through Cambridge on a street of the same name. Its schedule is mostly great, too: every 10 minutes during rush hour, every 20-25 minutes weekdays, and every 20 minutes Saturdays.
Cons: But every 40 minutes nights and Sundays is really bad, especially for a route with levels of ridership like this. Another problem with the 69 is that it has a habit of being late - in fact, it's late so often that it's sort of become infamous within Cambridge. And it evidently bunches, even on Saturday nights...
Nearby and Noteworthy: Here I am thinking I'm familiar with Cambridge Street, but now I can't think of a single business on it! Shoot...
Final Verdict: 6/10
I can think of a few people who would want me to go lower. But ultimately, the 69 is still a route with a decent schedule that serves a lot. It does have some big flaws in terms of lateness and bunching, and that Sunday schedule is awful, but it's still an important route that a lot of people use.
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