|The beautiful Xcelsior at the Campus Center.|
|It was really hard to get decent pictures in this lighting...|
|An earlier 1, using one of those terrible buses!|
Ridership: I believe this is the UMass route with the highest ridership, getting packed with students coming from or going to the Red Line. Our trip was no exception, with a healthy smattering of people heading to the station.
Pros: This is an awesome, quick connection between the UMass campus and the Red Line at JFK. It runs incredibly frequently, with service every 5-7 minutes throughout most of the day, and every 10-12 minutes at night (on Fridays, the "night" schedule starts earlier in the evening). It does only run on weekdays, but the connection is still there on weekends by means of the more deviatory 2.
Cons: It's really weird that the shuttle tracker shows that this bus could take two possible routes going to UMass. I mean, it's not that important, since the route only has two stops, but is there any reason why a bus would take one routing over the other?
Nearby and Noteworthy: This is the best way of getting to UMass on a weekday, so if you happen to be going there...this is the route for you, I guess.
Final Verdict: 9/10
Considering that UMass Boston has no actual dorms, this bus allows throngs of students to commute to school via the subway. It's frequent, it's fast, and it gets people where they need to go. Sure, the streets it takes may differ according to the tracker, but the destination is always the same, so it really doesn't matter all that much.
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