|Well, that's fitting for the holiday season, I guess!|
|Rounding the corner onto Quincy Street.|
|Some apartments on DeWolfe Street.|
|What a pretty sky!|
|The bus heading back to Harvard.|
Ridership: This route gets a lot of ridership from people going to Allston, since it's far from the main campus. After all, Harvard has a surprising amount of real estate in the area this route serves.
Pros: This route's loop formation is probably the most efficient it can be, not to mention the fact that Harvard patched up some annoying deviations in Allston back in March - now it's nice and straight. On weekdays, the route runs every 15 minutes with two buses, which seems to cover the ridership pretty well.
Cons: Well, what about weekend service? After all, neither of Harvard's weekend routes cover Allston, and based on the ridership of MBTA buses like the 66 or the 70, you would think a shuttle down there would get a lot of people! So, let's see...it's every half hour, that seems legit. Wait...but only from 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM? WHAT? How does that make any sense at all? Aside from a few very early morning trips on the Quad Stadium route, that's the only weekend service Allston gets!
Nearby and Noteworthy: Every time I go into Allston, I'm always fascinated by Swissbäkers, a very modern-looking European café. I should go there sometime...
Final Verdict: 6/10
Okay, on weekdays, this route is fine...although that being said, I really don't think it needs to make the Law School deviation north of Harvard - if the route just looped around the yard, it could save time and improve frequency. Leave the Law School to the Mather Express, I say! And don't even get me started on the barebones weekend service. When it comes to buses, I believe in "full service or no service". What's the point of running the Allston Campus Express for a span of two hours in the evening only? Who's gonna be using that? No, I believe it should run every half hour all day on weekends - I'm sure it would get people! Okay, despite its flaws, this is still a solid route, but it has some big issues...
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