And I had the pleasure of dealing with one.
|It all started on the 73...|
|The bus stopped at University Road. I feel bad for that 71 behind it...|
|A 77 in the front, a 74 in the back, and an unsigned 96 on the right.|
|A bus to myself!|
|The empty busway.|
|Looking out into the empty mezzanine.|
This whole time the Red Line countdown clock was saying that the next train was arriving, but the minutes kept ticking by. Finally, at around 1:20, the train finally came in, although weirdly the clock switched to "2 minutes" at this point. There was a small trickle of people that came out from the fare gates, two of whom got on our bus, so I guess it was worth the wait. Finally, at 1:22 (22 minutes late), we left the tunnel and headed on our way!
|Coming out of the tunnel.|
I had told the driver that I was hoping to catch the last 83, assuming we would beat it. When we got to Porter Square, the driver asked if I had a tracker, and I said no. He suggested I run out and check for the bus, so I dashed over to the Somerville Ave side of the station and looked down the street - nothing. When I came back, the 77 had switched over to the left lane, and the driver was gesturing towards the next stop. Time to run again!
|I wasn't expecting this many cars to be out this late at night!|
When I got back on the bus, the driver said that the 83 had left. Thus, I stayed on the 77 up until North Cambridge Carhouse, which I had subtly noted was the most convenient stop for me. I didn't think he would actually let me off there (it's usually only served by 77As), but it was very nice! As the bus sped away taking its eight or so other passengers up to Arlington, I started walking home.
So how was the experience overall? Well, the last trip system really could use some work. Don't get me wrong, I love how passengers are guaranteed connections to the last bus routes and subway services, but they should really fix the scheduling. I guess there's no way of knowing how late a train will be, but buses shouldn't have to wait over 20 minutes past their scheduled departure to leave a station! Is there an easy solution to this problem? None that I know right now, but I'm sure some minor improvements could be made poking around in the schedules. With that said, it was definitely an adventurous night (or morning) made more friendly by some great drivers, although it's probably not something I would want to do again anytime soon...