|Okay, that house in the background is admittedly fantastic.|
|There's the iron works! Can't really see much...|
|The rotary in Saugus Center, taken while we were waiting. That car really ruined the shot.|
|The turn onto Lincoln Street.|
|"Mmm...gotta love Route 1," said nobody ever.|
|"Mmm...gotta love malls," said nobody ever. Oh wait, lots of people like malls. Never mind...|
|Some generic buildings near Malden Center.|
|The bus getting ready to go back to Saugus.|
Ridership: For such a suburban route, the 430 gets pretty decent ridership, with 1,292 riders per weekday and 739 riders per Saturday. My trip was inbound during the evening, so I wasn't expecting too many passengers, yet there were still a bunch of shoppers heading home from Square One. In total, my ride had about 25 riders, which is great for a reverse-peak trip!
Pros: This bus serves a lot of Saugus, and connects it all up to the Orange Line! It's also the only weekend route to serve Saugus Center, and the only link from Square One to a subway station. Thus, it has a pretty good schedule considering its suburban nature - every 25 minutes during rush hour, every 65 minutes during the day, and every 70 minutes on Saturdays. The route also has two night trips that additionally serve the Granada Highlands Complex to cover for the 411, which stops running earlier in the day.
Cons: The route in Saugus is really, really indirect - it essentially makes a sideways "s". Also, the loop at Saugus Center seems pretty unnecessary outside of rush hour. It basically just serves a residential neighborhood, and it seems like the bus mostly runs empty around the loop.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are a few downtowns along the route, Malden Center and Cliftondale Square being the two interesting-looking ones. Also, the Saugus loop does have one other purpose, and that's to serve the Saugus Iron Works! I can't imagine anyone ever using the bus to get there, but you could be the first!
Final Verdict: 8/10
Up until Square One, the 430 is a very direct link between Malden Center and Saugus. And even with its indirect routing, it does mean that the route serves more, and it's still the only route from Saugus to the Orange Line. Sunday service would be a bit much, but I'm glad the route has Saturday service, too, in order to cater to shoppers. Overall, the 430 may not be the most premier of MBTA bus routes, but it gets its job done!
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