|I'm gonna miss the RTS's, but from up close, they make for really bad pictures.|
|The view of Charlestown and the Bunker Hill Monument.|
|I did take that obligatory "skyline view with a bunch of traffic" picture, but I've already used that twice, so here's one of Sullivan.|
|The view of the Mystic River.|
|The old waiting room.|
|I refer you to the first caption.|
Ridership: There were only about 15 people on my ride, although it was 4 o'clock, that quiet time just before rush hour. The crowd on the bus was very local, but I assume it gets more suits and ties during peak periods. Most people got off at Salem Street, with very few people continuing on past the turn onto Fellsway West. All in all, this is one of the lowest-ridership routes on the MBTA, with only a little over 300 riders per day. It's at rank 149, if you were wondering.
Pros: Well, I guess an express to eastern Medford is needed by some people. I feel like the 326 is slightly more useful since it goes through Medford Square, but its ridership is barely higher than the 325. I do like how the 325 runs both ways, even though it skips the Fellsway West and Salem Street portions going in the non-peak direction. But the bus has to return to Boston so it might as well pick up a few riders along the way. That said, I saw a 325 going back, and it was completely empty. But still, it's nice that you can take it back if you want to.
Cons: Okay, I'll give the schedule a break, since I doubt this bus would get much ridership if it ran at any time other than weekdays, rush hour only. That said, it doesn't get much ridership anyway! And it's worth noting that this route is one of the most expensive for the MBTA to run, costing over $7 per passenger! The 326 is less than $4.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There were businesses on Salem Street, but none of them seemed especially interesting.
Final Verdict: 3/10
Well, it was a nice ride, that's for sure. But okay, comparing this to the 326, since the two routes are pretty much related, I think the latter is more useful. That's not to say the 325 isn't, since some people use it, but just look at how much it costs the MBTA to run! I think there would be local opposition to getting rid of this route, though, so I guess the 325 just has to stick around. What a trooper.
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