|This stop was fairly well-marked, but it took us forever to find it, anyway.|
|A bus laying over at the Loop.|
|The 36 on Belgrade Ave.|
|The bus at the V.A. Hospital.|
Ridership: The ride I took from Bellevue to the Charles River was fairly crowded, with about 25 people on board - plus, there were probably more people who rode between Forest Hills and where I got on. The ride from the hospital back to the Orange Line was less-used, with only about 15 people who rode. Overall, of the three Belgrade Ave routes, the 36 is the most popular, with 3,323 riders per weekday, 1,759 on Saturdays, and 1,587 on Sundays.
Pros: The Belgrade Ave corridor is clearly a busy one, as this route's ridership is to judge. I doubt too many people use the route for its independent portion, but it still provides frequent service along Belgrade Ave. The schedule is great - about every 10-15 minutes rush hour, every half hour during the day and at night, every 35 minutes on Saturdays, and every half hour on Sundays.
Cons: Why does the 36 have to be so complicated? It has three different termini on weekdays, and it can get pretty confusing reading the schedule. Plus, they're all fairly close together, making them even more indistinguishable.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Lots of businesses along Belgrade Ave, but there wasn't much on the 36's solo portion.
Final Verdict: 8/10
This is a nice, frequent route that serves the Belgrade Ave corridor. On its own, it's not too unique, as all the Belgrade Ave routes kind of supplement each other. My one problem with the 36 is that it can be rather confusing on weekdays, but overall, it's a great route.
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