|The bus in Lynn.|
|The intersection of Washington Street and Boston Street.|
The road became Euclid Ave, and it went right up to Flax Pond, which was again on the left side of the bus. It's too bad, too, because this view was great. This curvy road still had dense houses along it, and they lasted all the way up to when we turned onto Broadway, where we rejoined the rush hour deviation.
There was a bit of retail at the intersection, but Broadway was also lined with houses for the most part. We went through a cemetery, and soon after, we entered Peabody, the street becoming Lynn Street. And then there was another left-side pond view that I couldn't get a picture of! Come on, 435! Let the people sitting on the right have some views, too!
The street passed under some pylons, and now the houses were getting slightly more spread out. We went by a church, and later on there was a bit of retail, but residences were the predominant surroundings. Soon Lynn Street and Lynnfield Street merged, becoming Washington Street, and there was heavy industry and a whole bunch of open land on the left side of the bus (meaning no pictures - again).
|Well, at least I have a picture of a church and a side street!|
|Mmm. Gotta love the blurry photo looking in the opposite direction of the square itself.|
|A side street in Peabody Square.|
|Abandon all hope ye who cross this highway...|
|Boy, I love malls. The previous sentence had a sarcasm level of 57 million.|
|Three fast food restaurants all next to each other fight for supremacy...who will come out the victor? Well, certainly not their customers experiencing all the health problems that come with eating at fast food restaurants.|
|The bus getting ready to go back to Lynn.|
Ridership: Well, I can certainly say that MY ride was quite busy. There were about 40 people in total, which is great for a Lynn bus on a Saturday afternoon. Almost all of these riders got off at either the Northshore or Liberty Tree Malls, so clearly this a route for shoppers. I think my ride might've been some form of fluke, though, because the 435 gets pretty low ridership overall: an average of 912 riders on weekdays, 744 on Saturdays, and 385 on Sundays.
Pros: This route serves a lot of local areas in Lynn, and a huge part of Peabody. Considering this is one of only three consistent routes serving the latter (not counting you, 434), and the only one that runs on Sundays, it's pretty important. But certainly the most important places the 435 serves are the two malls. Like it or not, they generate most of the route's ridership, especially on weekends. Now, I'm of two minds about the schedule, but considering it's a long suburban route (especially weeknights, where it gets extended to Danvers Square), I guess it makes sense - about every 70 minutes all day weekdays and Saturdays, every hour at night, and every 110 minutes on Sundays. Okay, that last one is pretty terrible.
Cons: Of course, I also have a lot of problems with this route. Firstly, the schedule can certainly be prohibiting to people who might want to take the bus to the mall, since it's very infrequent, especially on Sundays. It makes sense economically, but passengers won't like it. Secondly, the route itself can be really twisty at certain points. The Lynn section is all over the place, while it takes up to 12 minutes to get between the Northshore Mall and the Liberty Tree Mall. I guess the former is to serve local neighborhoods and the latter is to serve the Lahey Clinic, but the route could be a lot more efficient. Finally, there's the issue with the 431. I can't tell if this short loop is an efficient way of taking up layover time, or a hindrance that prevents the 435 from running more frequently. I'll look at this more in depth once I ride the 431.
Nearby and Noteworthy: As one who's not a fan of malls, I would instead recommend Peabody Square. It looks very pedestrian friendly with some great historic buildings and businesses. But I suppose I'm obligated to talk about the malls, too. Personally, I think the Liberty Tree Mall looks better than the Northshore Mall for the sole reason that the former has a movie theater and even a Skyzone! Best mall ever.
Final Verdict: 7/10
It has to be said, a lot of the issues I have with the 435 have reasons to them. The schedule is sensible considering how long the route is, the twists and turns are to serve certain places, and the 431 is...something. Also, this is the only route that runs through Peabody on Sundays, which definitely counts for something. It could certainly run more often and stand to be straightened out a bit, but the 435 ultimately serves a lot and is an important route for those places.
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