|OH NO, IT'S A MINIBUS! ABORT, ABORT!!!|
|Going over the tiny Charles.|
|Zooming over a side street.|
|This shot doesn't do the grossness justice!|
|Beautiful office parks...|
|At least we've got the lake.|
|Going past the FedEx building.|
|Alright, Sam, thanks for photobombing...|
|Alright, well, have fun going back to Woodland...|
Ridership: When we took the 1 out to Natick around mid-morning, we were the only people on board; coming back during the evening rush, there were three other people - and this is one of the busier routes on the MWRTA. Over the course of 2015, the 1 got 35,280 people, or around 140 riders per day. Most of those trips were during the rush hour - this route is popular with reverse commuters heading out to the Route 9 area.
Pros: This is just a great concept for a route. It's awesome that reverse commuters have a connection from the Green Line out to MetroWest jobs. I could even see this route being used by shoppers - the Natick Mall is huge, and this bus is the most convenient way of getting out there from closer to Boston.
Cons: Thanks to traffic on Route 9, the 1 has a bit of a chronic lateness problem. However, there's nothing that can be done about that - instead, let's take a look at what is quite possibly the stupidest schedule I've ever seen! Okay, they have it down pat middays and during the evening rush - about every 80 minutes during the former and every 40 minutes during the latter. Great. But what the heck are these departures during the morning rush? 7:44, 8:03, 9:03, 9:17, 10:22, 10:31????? YOU HAVE TWO BUSES TO WORK WITH, WHY THE HECK ARE THEY RUNNING RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER?!?!?!!?! You have a gap of over an hour, then two trips within NINE minutes of each other? A five-year-old scheduled this, I swear.
Nearby and Noteworthy: I've never been inside the Natick Mall, but it's definitely...big. I'm sure it has a store for everyone!
Final Verdict: 5/10
Look, the route is great and the midday and evening rush schedules are fine. But that morning rush schedule just rubs me the wrong way. How are such stupid headways considered okay? Why should passengers have to be waiting over an hour in the morning rush? The other problem with the 1 is its lateness, which can get pretty darn bad...and I'm sure with that stupid schedule, it causes horrible bunching to make those hour-long gaps even worse! Brilliant!
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