|Wow, who knew the Harvard shuttle had such great facilities?|
|The bus coming down Cowperthwaite Street.|
|Going past the main part of Harvard Square.|
|Some apartments on Mass Ave.|
|Rounding the corner on Felton Street.|
|The bus heading back to its starting point.|
Ridership: My trip was fairly light, with less than 10 riders in total, and it has to be said that this is the least-used route of the three primary shuttles. However, it still serves a purpose, as the residents of Mather and Dunster Houses use the route to get to Harvard Yard or Memorial Hall.
Pros: This is a pretty short route, meaning it can operate service every 10 minutes with only two buses! It does a good job of covering the "inner" section of Harvard University, and it gets a decent smattering of ridership.
Cons: Not much with the route itself, but service gets a lot more complicated after 4 PM. After 4, the Mather Express gets replaced by the River House A...which then gets replaced by the River House B...and that gets replaced by the River House C. I have no idea why there are three River House routes that more or less serve the same things, but that rant is for another review.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Well, in terms of the route's unique sections, you've basically got Mather/Dunster Houses and that's it. However, the northern part of the route does run by the Harvard Natural History Museum, although the two other main shuttles serve that, too.
Final Verdict: 9/10
Of all the Harvard shuttles, this one makes the most logical sense. Its route is fairly straightforward, its schedule is mostly consistent (aside from a few random gaps, presumably for driver switches), and its ridership is fine and evenly spread out. Sure, once the clock strikes 4 PM, everything goes crazy with the River House routes, but on its own, the Mather Express is a great little route.
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