|Argh, another bus got in the way!|
|Looking down Porter Street.|
|The view from the bridge! The other side had a better view, but I was sitting on the right, unfortunately.|
|Some buildings in Chelsea.|
|The bus at Market Basket.|
Ridership: The 114 gets an average of 459 riders per weekday, and considering that's only 18 one-way trips, that's great! Wow! My trip got 25 people - wonderful! But wanna know how many people used the bus past Bellingham (i.e. the shared section with the 116/117)? Two. And one of them got on at Bellingham, so they could've just used the 112.
Pros: The least I can say about the 114 is that at least it only uses one bus, so it's dirt cheap to run, at only $0.83 per passenger.
Cons: You know what else costs $0.83? Whatever the heck these action figures are (at the time of writing)...and both are equally useless. Yes, the 114 does get ridership, but that's just from passengers who would only have to wait a few minutes for the next 116 or 117. Indeed, the 114 has absolutely no coordination with the 116/117, meaning buses are scheduled to bunch. Honestly, this route is just...completely useless! Use the bus for something else, MBTA!
Nearby and Noteworthy: Look, I don't care what noteworthy things are along the 116/117 corridor (and I'm sure there are many) - the only reason you would specifically use the 114 is if you're going direct from East Boston to Market Basket. That's it! Otherwise, you could also use the 116, 117, or 112 (if you're going from Bellingham to Market Basket).
Final Verdict: 2/10
Kill it! Kill it with fire! This is a bus that absolutely does not need to exist. The only reason it gets a 2 instead of a 1 is because it's cheap to run...but that's no excuse! Yes, it gets riders from the 116/117, but it ultimately just causes bunching and messes up the coordination along Meridian Street in East Boston. The 114 could go away, and I'm sure no one would miss it.
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