|It's hard to get good pictures in the Alewife busway...|
|Huh...never noticed that marsh before.|
|Spy Pond, seen from Route 2!|
|I love that tower!|
|More front view experimentation! You can see how crazy the hills are around here.|
|I got off the bus at Lexington Center coming back, but I figured I'd put the picture here.|
|Yes! Good ol' Lexington Center.|
|A side street.|
|The bridge over the interstate.|
|No parking lot pictures, but how about these McMansions?|
|Hey, I tried my best...|
|Going past the common in Bedford Center.|
|The bus at the hospital.|
Ridership: This is the second-busiest Alewife route, just below the 350 on weekdays, with 1,644 riders. Of course, as this is an Alewife commuter route, it gets packed during rush hour and is pretty quiet all other times. My ride got 40 people, and it wasn't even the true peak period yet! Also, the Saturday 62/76 combined route gets surprisingly decent ridership for its frequency, with 662 riders.
Pros: The 62 serves so much. This is mainly because of its insane length, cutting right through Bedford, Lexington, and Arlington, and linking them all up to Alewife just on the edge of Cambridge. A bunch of commuters use this route to get to the Red Line, which is why it runs so often during rush hour. Although the headways aren't consistent during that time, there are three trips 10 minutes apart in the morning (among others), and a similarly close schedule in the evening. It's more regular during the day, with constant every hour service - same on the weekends, running every 60-70 minutes.
Cons: The 62 doesn't have much of a night schedule, with only two or three trips after the evening rush - the last one leaves for Alewife a little before 9. Still, it probably doesn't get much ridership past there, so I guess it's okay. I understand the lack of Sunday service, although maybe a cut-back route on those days that runs as far as Lexington could be an interesting experiment.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Basically the town centers are the places worth checking out here: Lexington Center and Bedford Center. The former is definitely worth taking a visit to, especially if you haven't been before.
Final Verdict: 8/10
This is certainly one of the best Alewife routes, both due to its length and the fact that it has Saturday service. The 350 is in a league of its own (honestly, it probably deserves an 8 or even a 9, rather than the 7 I gave it in that review), but I would say the 62 is slightly better than Alewife's other premiere route, the 76. The 62 serves more since it's straighter, and it has a better schedule during rush hour. Overall, this is a pretty darn good route.
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