|Wooooooah, that's a weird angle!|
|Crossing over the Fairmount Line.|
|A clock tower in Logan Square.|
|This wasn't taken from the bus, but here's the Neponset River, seen from Fairmount Ave.|
|Looking down a side street.|
|Another side street.|
|A nice-looking park.|
But even though that was the last stop, there is a little more to the loop. Continuing down Truman Highway, there are parks on either side of the street, then one side becomes lined with houses. It continues like this until Fairmount Ave, which the bus turns onto in order to get back to Mattapan.
|The bus getting ready to turn onto Fairmount Ave.|
Route: 24 (Wakefield Ave and Truman Highway - Mattapan or Ashmont Station via River Street)
Ridership: The 24 has significantly higher ridership than the 33, with an average of 1,730 riders per weekday (compared to 1,246 for the latter). On weekends, when combined with the 27 to Ashmont, the 24 gets 1,319 riders on Saturdays and 724 on Sundays. My ride had about 15 people in total, though a bus heading the other way looked fairly crowded. All of the riders on my bus were locals heading home, mostly around the loop.
Pros: I think that based on its ridership, the 24's schedule is good. It runs every 20 minutes during the morning rush hour and every 30 in the evening, while during the day it goes every 40-50 minutes. On nights and weekends, it combines with the 27 to Ashmont (which is another pro in itself, since it's more efficient for ridership), running every hour at night, every 40 minutes on Saturdays, and every 65 minutes on Sundays. On another note, this is a pretty niche route, making a loop around a very local neighborhood - and I like that.
Cons: On the other hand, the infrequent schedule could be annoying for locals, though I think it's not too bad. No, the thing I don't like is the way the 24's loop works. See, when it gets to Wakefield Avenue, the bus has a layover period, which seems like it would be annoying for inbound riders who got on earlier along the loop. That said, it does make it easier to schedule. Another problem I have is that there's zero coordination between the 24 and the 33, meaning bunching - sometimes even scheduled bunching - along River Street.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are lots of businesses at Cleary and Logan Squares, which are right next to each other. The 24 directly serves Logan, while Cleary is only a few blocks away.
Final Verdict: 7/10
The 33 got a 5 and the 27 got an 8, so I figured I'd slot the 24 in the middle. On the one hand, it's better than the 33 because it actually gets Sunday service, though the two routes do have that bunching issue. On the other hand, the 24 does have that weird quirk with the loop scheduling. And I know the layover period is probably good for keeping buses on time, but I can see it being annoying for locals using the bus.
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