|The back of the bus at Forest Hills.|
|A different 32 at Forest Hills.|
The driver gunned the motor here, with just me and another person riding by this point. We zoomed by lots of ugly industrial buildings, then came to Readville Station. Hyde Park Ave curved under the Fairmount Line tracks, and there were a few businesses at Wolcott Square, where the bus terminated.
|The bus going under the Commuter Rail tracks.|
Ridership: There were about 30 people on my ride, which wasn't bad, considering it was a midday outbound trip. Most people got off at or before Cleary Square, and only me and one other person went all the way to Wolcott Square. The route gets very high ridership overall, with an average of over 11,000 riders per weekday, 4,741 on Saturdays, and 3,275 on Sundays.
Pros: It's a simple route, cutting right down Hyde Park Ave and serving many underserved neighborhoods of Boston. Not only that, but it runs extremely frequently - as in every four minutes during rush hour. It then proceeds to run every 10-12 minutes during the day and on Saturdays, every 15-20 minutes at night (with a bit of late-night service on Fridays and Saturdays until 2:00 AM), and every 15 minutes on Sundays. Wow.
Cons: I can't believe I'm saying this, but does the 32 route run too frequently? I mean, I came back to Forest Hills during rush hour, and the 32s just kept pouring in. It must be a horrible route for bunching!
Nearby and Noteworthy: There were some businesses at Cleary Square, but I don't have anything specific.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Well, it's the last Key Bus Route. I don't have too many buses left now where the schedule isn't a con. And even here, there's a potential schedule issue. I'm wondering if every four minutes could be overkill. I'm not sure how crowded the route is during a normal rush hour (I took it on July 3rd), so I can only assume it gets packed. I mean, the 111 runs about every 5-7 minutes during rush hour, and that's a sardine can. The 32 must be horrible. Either that or it runs too often.
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