|"Via" Baker and Vermont? What madness is this?|
|I had forgotten my camera SD card on my trip, so most pictures had to be taken with Nathan's phone. This is one such picture, taken of the practically empty bus.|
|Gotta love them auto shops. This is another phone picture|
|Another phone picture of a stop outside of a CVS.|
|The intersection of Lagrange and Vermont (and Addington), taken from Nathan's phone.|
|Wait...where the heck are we?|
|What the heck is this stop?! (picture courtesy of Nathan's phone)|
Ridership: The 37 has the lowest ridership of the Belgrade Ave routes, probably due to its short independent section. It gets 1,593 riders per weekday and exactly 1,000 riders per Saturday, both of which are about average for the MBTA. Of course, my ride had a total of four people, including me and Nathan. This was at rush hour, people!
Pros: The best thing I can say about the 37 is that it provides extra service to Belgrade Ave. Its schedule is inconsistent in the morning (about every 20 minutes or so), but in the evening, it's a solid 15 minute headway, which is great. As for the rest of the schedule, it makes sense based on the ridership, with the route running every 40 minutes midday and every 35 minutes Saturdays, with no Sunday service.
Cons: The problem is that the route doesn't have much to offer on its own. I mean, the 35 offers a sizeable independent section, while the 36 has reverse commuters going to the Rivermoor Industrial Park. The 37, on the other hand? I mean, it's got a little residential loop and that's it. Also, the Corey and LaGrange extension seems pretty pointless. No one went out there, and it only runs six trips per day, anyway.
Nearby and Noteworthy: On the independent section, all you'll find is houses. I mean...yeah, that's about it.
Final Verdict: 4/10
Yes, the 37 definitely serves its purpose along Belgrade Ave, and if a trip is timed right, it can get a bunch of people. But how many of them actually go to the route's independent section? Let's face it, most of the 37's ridership is purely for the Belgrade Ave section and nothing else. And the Corey and LaGrange trips? I mean, they're basically the middle of nowhere! I think they're meant to serve a few housing developments that are sort of nearby, but if no one uses the trips, then there's not much point in running them.
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