|The bus rounding the corner onto Magazine Street.|
After that, it got more leafy, and we passed some more standard university buildings. We reached Memorial Drive, and then crossed over the Harvard bridge, which offered a fantastic view of Boston. Speaking of which, that was where the bridge took us, and we entered the Back Bay on the other side. Now we were surrounded by beautiful old brick buildings.
|Considering the city was on the left and I was sitting on the right, this picture isn't too bad.|
|You're only kidding yourself, CT1!|
Ridership: Well, in total there were about 25 people who rode, which is pretty good. But I'm pretty sure most of them would've been fine with either a CT1 or just a 1. Well, regardless, the route gets pretty good ridership, with an average of 2,191 riders per weekday.
Pros: Well, I guess it's a fine supplement to the 1. And on its own, the weekday-only schedule is pretty good - every 20 minutes rush hour, and every half hour during the day.
Cons: But it's the 1 we're competing with here! That route a) runs much more frequently than this one, and b) runs on weekends. Plus, the 1 is longer. There were a few occasions on my CT1 ride where people would confusedly get on, only to be told the bus wasn't going all the way to Dudley. Also, between the rainbow shelter at Central and Harrison Ave, the 1 makes 13 stops. Want to know how many the "limited stop" CT1 makes? Ten. It skips three stops. Nice try, CT1, nice try.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Pretty much the same as the 1, but without Harvard or Dudley.
Final Verdict: 3/10
This bus seems like a trick by the MBTA just to confuse people who want to take the 1. Did I mention that we were bunching with a 1 the whole time? It was behind us, so we got a lot of its riders, but does the CT1 really need to exist? It barely provides any sort of limited stop service, and it just feels like a short-turn of the 1. Maybe that's what they're going for?
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