|The bus in Medford Square.|
Eventually, we passed a school, then some more businesses near the West Medford Commuter Rail station. After crossing the tracks and going by a few more businesses, it became residential once more. We then turned onto Boston Ave, which almost went in the same direction we were coming from.
|What a lovely day!|
|The bus at Davis.|
Ridership: I was surprised at how high it was! There were about 25 people on my trip from Medford to Davis. The 96 had less than 10! And it's odd, because the 94 does get lower ridership than the 96 overall - an average of 1,596 riders on weekdays, 728 on Saturdays, and 544 on Sundays.
Pros: Okay, I didn't realize this until now, but the 94 and 96 are actually coordinated. They have the exact same schedules (every 17 minutes rush hour, 35 minutes weekdays, 40 minutes nights, 50 minutes Saturdays, and 70 minutes Sundays), so technically all those headways are divided by two for Medford to Davis service. That means that coordinated, the routes have great schedules!
Cons: So you know how the MBTA sometimes puts two bus routes on the same schedule card? Can they please do that for the 94 and 96? I think that would make it a lot more clear that there are two options for getting from Davis to Medford Square. They do say "For additional service between Medford Square and Davis Square Station please refer to Route 94/96 schedule card" on their respective schedules, but that doesn't really say much about how the schedules are coordinated.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Medford Square and Davis Square are interesting, but there isn't much of note in between. Well, Tufts, I suppose.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Well, I done goofed. I criticized the 96 for having a pretty terrible schedule on its own. But now that I know it's coordinated with the 94, they actually have a good schedule together! I just wish it was more obvious that they were coordinated. If the two routes had a combined schedule card, it would be much easier to plan trips out.
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