|The bus at the Lahey Clinic.|
|Oh look...a...shopping plaza...|
|You're a PHONY field! Phoooooooooony!|
|The 99 Restaurant! *clap clap* Always the real deal!|
|The blocked-off Middlesex Turnpike simply ends a little beyond Concord Road.|
|A retail block in Billerica Center.|
|Going over the Concord River.|
|I mean, this is just getting old!|
|Going over the highway.|
|I got no pictures in Lowell, so here's Lahey Clinic again.|
Ridership: The LRTA doesn't give ridership details for specific routes, but my ride on the 14 was pretty good - there were about 25 people in total. This was an inbound trip at 3 PM, so that's not bad! This route does get a lot of reverse commuters, admittedly, which could also explain the decent ridership. Although...many of those riders were shoppers coming from malls! Okay, well, the point is that the 14 gets good ridership.
Pros: Well, for one thing, this is a nice long route that serves a lot. It has a consistent every-hour schedule six days per week, which is the standard for an LRTA suburban route. But my favorite part about the 14 is that it allows you to get to Lowell entirely by bus! Just take the 350 to the Burlington Mall, then hop on the 14! Yes, it's significantly longer than the train, but it's less than half the cost. Lowell's a pretty cool city, and if you're on a budget, this is a good alternative for getting there.
Cons: The route isn't well-coordinated with the outbound 350 on Saturdays, though - the 14 leaves only a few minutes before the 350 arrives, so it's an hour-long wait if you're transferring. It would be nice if the 14 was shifted ahead about five minutes to make for better coordination, although who knows how many people even make that transfer?
Nearby and Noteworthy: OFFICE PARKS OFFICE PARKS OFFICE PARKS OFFICE PARKS OFFICE PARKS OFFICE PARKS OFFICE PARKS OFFICE PARKS. Oh, and some malls, Billerica Center, and Lowell.
Final Verdict: 8/10
This is a really solid route that serves a lot and also lets you get to Lowell much cheaper than the train! Well...except for that whole coordination thing. But I guess most people aren't coming from the 350, so it doesn't matter much.
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