|Oh wow, a proper waiting room!|
|The bus coming down the narrow street.|
|I dunno...it's a mixed bag for me.|
|A side street getting closer to Harvard.|
|Some 66s at Dawes Island.|
|An earlier bus coming 'round the bend outside of beautiful Sanders Theatre!|
Ridership: Luckily, we didn't ride this route during the peak. According to Nathan, who uses these shuttles on a somewhat-regular basis, they can get really crowded. Our ride was fairly light, but since the Quad is pretty far from the main part of Harvard, this bus is a lifeline for people going up there.
Pros: Like I said, this route is great for students heading to the Quad, and its 10 minute headways allow the shuttle to be pretty reliable. This is also the simplest of the three main Harvard Shuttle routes, with direct service to the Quad - its only one-way service is around the Law School loop, which the other two buses also do.
Cons: It doesn't serve Harvard Yard! Why not? I mean, don't get me wrong, I can't say I'm too familiar with Harvard University commuting patterns, but based on the heavy ridership of the evening Quad Yard Express (which will be covered in a later post), it seems like it would make sense to always serve the yard. Plus, running around via the Law School to Memorial Hall takes a while, and is already covered by two other routes.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Well, the route's unique section is the Quad, which doesn't seem to offer too much for non-Harvard students. Anyone know anything of note around there?
Final Verdict: 7/10
Having a route to serve the Quad is definitely needed, and I guess this route does a fine job of it. I'm mainly miffed at the fact that it doesn't serve Harvard Yard. And sure, maybe people do use this to get to the Law School or Memorial Hall (which I personally don't think it needs to serve, since other routes already serve them), but then why stop service there at 4:30? It shifts to the Quad Yard Express then! Oh well...the Quad Express provides frequent service to the Quad, which is the most important part of it, I guess.
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