|I had gotten on at Monument Square, so, uh, here's Monument Square.|
|I love the bright color scheme!|
|Going over a train track on Willard Street.|
|Turning onto Central Street.|
|I'm not sure what this is a picture of, but, uh, here it is.|
|An earlier picture of a different bus on the 2.|
|It has a huge parking lot! Of course.|
|Going over the highway.|
|I love that bridge! And in the foreground, that's a..."haunted mansion".|
|The view of the river and the plaza.|
|The bus in Fitchburg.|
Ridership: This is the second-busiest route combination on the MART, with the highest being a free college shuttle, so that doesn't count. Over the course of a year, the 2 and the 9 get an average of 135,000 riders, or about 431 riders per day. My particular ride was somewhat quiet, with about 15-20 passengers in total, but that seems fine for a MART bus.
Pros: Aside from the 4, that aforementioned college shuttle, this is the most frequent route on the MART. Well, by frequent, I mean every 45 minutes, but it was deemed busy enough to run with two buses. The routes also serve a lot, with the 2 providing an important link between Fitchburg and Leominster, while the 9 heads further south into the latter city.
Cons: Like what happened with the 1 and the 3, MART's March 1st schedule changes are basically fixing all the problems I have with this route. For example, there's the fact that the 2 only serves either Leominster Hospital or Water Tower Plaza depending on its direction. Now it will serve both. Also, the 9 currently serves the Jytek Industrial Park all throughout weekdays, when it really only needs to go there during rush hour. That's being fixed, too. Well-played, MART. Well-played.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Aside from serving Monument Square and downtown Fitchburg, the 2 and the 9...don't go anywhere particularly interesting. I was interested in the Haunted Mansion thing, but apparently it's gone bankrupt.
Final Verdict: 9/10
I mean, this has to be in the top 3 best routes on the MART, right? It's one of the most frequent, even though clockface scheduling is sacrificed with the 45 minute headways. Still, more frequent service is more frequent service. Plus, the routes serve a lot, and most of their problems are being ironed out with the March 1st schedule changes.
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