Best of Boston

1999 Best People Watching

The MBTA’s #1 Bus (Harvard Square to Dudley Station)

A glimpse at the true, uncensored soul of Boston is found on a roundtrip ride on the MBTA’s #1 bus. It bisects the city by running the length of Mass. Ave. from Harvard to Roxbury; along the way it picks up an array of characters from all walks of life, professions, and strata. Harvard Square intellectuals are joined by the eccentrics of Central Square, followed by the tech/science types from M.I.T. After crossing the river, the #1 glides through posh Back Bay and past Newbury Street, skirts Fenway, and then moves into the heart of Boston’s music epicenter—Berklee, the Symphony, New England Conservatory, and Wally’s. It then cruises through the South End and finally makes its way through the environs of Roxbury to Dudley Station.