|I have no idea what's going on with the destination board in this picture.|
I had been wondering what the Newland Street Housing was, and my assumption was confirmed: a development where all the houses are exactly the same. But many of the people on the bus got off here, and this is the only route to serve the neighborhood. There were also a few people who got on to go to Sullivan, and then we carried on.
|If you ever take the 105 you'll see a lot of these.|
|A really bad picture, but you get the idea.|
|No garbled destination board this time.|
Ridership: The Newland Street Housing area was sort of a swap: people coming from Malden Center got off, and people going to Sullivan got on. The main purpose of this route is to connect the Newland Street Housing to the Orange Line. About 20-25 people rode in total on a Saturday afternoon.
Pros: Once again, this is the only route to serve the Newland Street Housing area, and it does that well. It seems to be fairly well-used by locals.
Cons: Seems like the schedule's always a con. It's about every 30 minutes rush hour (give or take), every 70 minutes during the day with service ending at 7:15, and every 60 minutes weekends. It's not as terrible as other routes, but it could certainly be better. Also, if you're in Malden Center and have to get to Main Street, don't use the 105. Take the 99 or the 106, as they both run more often and are much MUCH more direct.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Your best bet at finding something interesting would be on Main Street or just in Malden Center. The Newland Street Housing isn't noteworthy, that's for sure.
Final Verdict: 5/10
Another 5. And just like the last one, this route has a purpose of serving a specific area, but its schedule drags it down. The 132's schedule was worse, but the 105 still loses points on the crazy route it takes. Surely it could do something less...weird?
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