|An earlier trip on the route near Quincy Center.|
|The race is on!|
|Some random side street.|
|Another random side street!|
|A corner on East Squantum Street.|
|An intersection in Squantum.|
|The bus heading back towards the mainland.|
|Don't think I forgot about the view! This is from when Sam and I walked back to North Quincy after our ride.|
Ridership: Not good, not good at all. The route gets 936 riders per weekday, 216 per Saturday, and a measly 119 per Sunday - that makes it the third least-used Sunday route, after the 171 (which only has two departures, in the early morning) and the Silver Line Waterfront shuttle (which hardly ever even runs on Sundays). My trip continued that low-ridership trend, with only about five other people over the course of the ride.
Pros: The view! The view! The view! The view! The view! Okay, what else? Well, I guess the route does serve parts of Quincy that other buses don't serve. The schedule is also sensible for the most part, with service about every half hour during the rush, and every hour all other periods it runs.
Cons: Where shall I start? Well, first of all, the route really needs to be straightened out in that residential section of Quincy (Montclair, I think), because the current route is just insane. Plus, you could use the time gained from a straighter route elsewhere: serving Marina Bay. It's a super dense mixed-use development near Squantum, and I honestly think the 211 could gain a lot of ridership if it deviated to serve it (yes, I'm actually suggesting a deviation). Otherwise, the route really doesn't need to run on weekends - it gets hardly anyone! Oh, also, it's really weird that the route towards Squantum is considered "inbound," but it makes sense geographically.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The route itself doesn't serve much of note, but that view makes it worth the ride!
Final Verdict: 4/10
To be perfectly honest, the 211 would totally be a 3...if it wasn't for the view. But aside from that extra "view point," I am not a fan of this route. It's twisty where it doesn't need to be, yet it runs straight past what could be a really big ridership draw. Either fix the route, or nix its weekend service, because at the moment, it doesn't seem worth keeping around during those times.
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