One train ride later, after running around Downtown Crossing looking for Otis Street, we were on the bus. We were the only ones until South Station, where a few other people boarded the bus. One person got on at the airport (why anyone would use the 459 for airport connections is beyond me), then the bus had an express run on McClellan Highway. There isn't much of note on this stretch, but the bus travels FAST! The Saugus portion of the route travels through swampland, which makes for interesting views.
|The 459 in Salem on a gloomy day.|
A number of exciting things happened afterward:
- We waited over an hour for a bus that never came
- We ended up grabbing a Commuter Rail train bound for North Station, and
- They forgot to charge us for the ride (Ha-ha!)
|A different bus on a different day.|
Rating (1-10): 8
Ridership: There weren't many people until we got into Lynn, where people use the bus for local service. My father and I were among the few people (if any) who took the bus from Boston to Salem. Of course, you have to take into account that it was in the middle of the summer during the day.
Pros: It's just a great ride in general. There's a lot of things to see, and it provides a nice link from Boston to Salem (though I wouldn't want to ride the bus on Halloween). Plus, an inner express fare of $3.50 is much better than $6.75 for the Commuter Rail (when you're actually charged).
Cons: The overall headways could use some work. The bus runs about every hour, weekdays only (on weekends, the 455 will take you from Salem to Wonderland). Yes, I know it runs often for a North Shore express bus, but that nonexistent bus in Salem cost it those 2 points in the rating. More of a pet peeve is the fact that the route only stops at Terminal C. Sure, barely anyone uses the bus to get to the airport, but stopping at all terminals might increase ridership.
Nearby and Noteworthy: In Salem, just about everything has the word "witch" in it. Because of this, I'm recommending the Peabody Essex Museum. Also, the Derby Square Bookstore sells almost everything at 50% off.
Latest MBTA News: The Green Line "E" branch is closed between Northeastern and Heath Street due to a power issue. Also, this weekend the Orange Line is being replaced by shuttle buses between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove as part of the Assembly Square Project.