|The bus in Lowell, with an MVRTA 41 in the background.|
|A side street, with some strange lighting going on in the picture.|
|Going over the highway.|
|Going onto Lowell Street.|
|Such a beautiful view...ruined by an awful picture.|
|Oh hey, a parking lot!|
|Oh boy, Towne Shopping Plaza! It's beautiful!|
|Two shots of the bus at Chestnut Ave.|
Ridership: Since the LRTA is mum on individual route ridership, I can only give the data from my trip, which consisted of...five other people in total. Great job, 13, great job! That said, it was the last outbound trip of the day (6:30), so it makes sense that it wasn't at all busy.
Pros: This is the primary route for Billerica, and it serves a lot of the town. It also offers a connection to the 350 at its southern terminus, which is great. Its schedule is normal for the LRTA, with every-hour service on weekdays and Saturdays. This route does have an interesting quirk, though, in that the every 30 minute morning rush service consists almost entirely of short-turns that only take about 10 minutes!
Cons: The route isn't coordinated with the 350, unfortunately, but like the 14, it's unlikely too many people are transferring. Other than that, the schedule has a strange 90 minute gap from 3:50 to 5:20 for some reason.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The route serves two malls, as well as Billerica Center. And if you're getting to Lowell from Boston using the 13, then I would add Lowell itself to the list of noteworthy places.
Final Verdict: 8/10
This is yet another good LRTA route - essentially the 14 but with less office parks. Coordination with the 350 probably doesn't matter in the long run, although it would be nice to iron out that 90 minute gap in the schedule. Still, the 13 is a pretty good route overall.
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