|The bus laying over in Harvard Square.|
|Wow, it's rare to see a minibus this crowded!|
|Travelling down Eliot Street, with a 66 in the background. Thanks, rear window!|
|Going over the river.|
|The bus at the Continuum.|
Ridership: Ridership seems to be strongest going toward the Continuum in the morning and away from it in the evening. Since I got on the bus before the "terminus", there were five other commuters on board, but they got off in Harvard Square. The bus seems to run mostly empty in the non-peak direction.
Pros: Barry's Corner is a route that serves its purpose, taking people from the Continuum up to Harvard Square. Its schedule is pretty good as well, running every 20 minutes during the morning and evening rushes.
Cons: I just think this route is a waste of resources. Wouldn't it be better to put this extra bus on the Allston Campus Express during these rush periods to increase frequency on that route? It would allow for better balance of ridership, and you could even have the route deviate to serve the Continuum during those times so no service is lost.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are a few businesses near the Continuum, but even a ride on this route is pretty cool. It's just weird to parade through Harvard Square in a minibus!
Final Verdict: 6/10
For what it's worth, Barry's Corner definitely achieves its intended purpose: to serve the workers at the Continuum. But it could get more ridership while still achieving the same purpose if the bus was just put onto the Allston Campus Express. I mean, personally, I think that route doesn't run often enough anyway, so I'd love to see more service on it.
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