|The bus in Rockport.|
|Why, I do believe I can glimpse the ocean back there!|
|Would it be surprising if I said that this isn't the most scenic part of the route? Well...it's not.|
|Best view on the route, guys!|
|I'm including multiple pictures, because this is amazing.|
|There it is!|
|A wider look at the wonderful view!|
|The view of Rocky Neck.|
|Looking at Gloucester!|
|The bus in Gloucester.|
Ridership: On weekdays, the Red Line is the second-busiest connection between Gloucester and Rockport, although still below average with about 70 riders per day. On Saturdays, it's even lower, with the Red Line being the third least-used route overall, getting about 35 riders. My trip certainly wasn't busy - it only had two other people.
Pros: THE VIEW THE VIEW THE VIEW THE VIEW THE VIEW! And, uh, I guess the route serves some stuff, too.
Cons: Like any CATA route, the Red Line's schedule is insane. It can be generalized to around four trips per day (weekdays and Saturdays), but on weekdays there are strange short-turn trips and crazy school trips to factor into the mix. Also...why does it say "Commutter Rail" on the online schedule? Please fix that, CATA.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Who cares about what's AWAY from the bus when riding it is so beautiful? Although the Red Line does serve a few points of interest like Niles Beach and Rocky Neck, many are also served by the summer-only Stage Fort Park Trolley, which has a more consistent every-hour schedule.
Final Verdict: 5/10 (but 10/10 for the view!)
As a route, this is probably the worst of the Gloucester-Rockport CATA buses. It's the most infrequent one, it gets low ridership, and its schedule has a typo! That being said, the Red Line has the best view BY FAR, and I wholeheartedly recommend riding this thing just to look out the window. Just...good luck getting on the thing, what with its schedule and all. Again, the Stage Fort Park Trolley also traverses the most scenic part of the Red Line in the summer, with a much more frequent schedule.
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