|Well, this has to be the strangest bus photo I've ever taken.|
|Looking down a slight hill.|
|What a beautiful office park...|
|A Catholic school and a church.|
|Walkin' in a winter wonderland...|
|A different bus on a different day, with a slightly more normal picture.|
Ridership: Nope, ridership isn't high at all. On the average weekday, the route gets 736 riders, while on Saturdays, it gets only 204 people. My trip was pretty light, with only about ten people, but one could argue that it was just before the evening rush - it was in the peak direction, though.
Pros: You know, all I can really say here is the schedule, which is sensible for the route's ridership. The 210 runs about every half hour during the rush periods and every hour middays and on Saturdays. There's no night service, but the route does have one very late trip that times with the last Ashmont train and serves the Braintree branch stations.
Cons: Basically everything else. For one thing, the 210 really isn't serving much. Let's go down the route: the section from Fields Corner to Neponset is shared with the much more frequent 201/202; the section from there to North Quincy is just office parks for the most part; and from there to Quincy Center, the route is never more than a 10 minute walk from a Red Line station or another bus route! Also, the 210's Saturday service is just terrible - it only serves the section from North Quincy to Quincy Center, and the trip takes ten minutes. Yeah, okay, sounds like a great ridership generator.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Those two businesses squares along Hancock Street were pretty interesting, although both are within easy walking distance from the Red Line.
Final Verdict: 3/10
The 210 definitely serves its purpose during rush hour, since taking the bus beats walking, no matter how short the walk is. However, you could easily eliminate it all other times. I mean, I just don't think it serves much of a purpose, and the "bus beats walking" demand is a lot smaller outside of rush hour. Sorry, 210, but I'm just not a fan.
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