|The picture I took when I actually rode the route was so bad that I came back to Boston the next day to get another!|
|Just for kicks, here's the back of the bus, too!|
|Here's a picture of...something.|
|A car dealership.|
|A side street.|
|A mail truck yard.|
|A convenience store.|
|Gotta love that "NOT IN SERVICE" sign.|
Ridership: This is the second least-used I-90 express (after the 558), with only 515 riders per day. Don't get me wrong, I can totally see why it gets so few passengers. Its independent section from Newton Corner to Waltham is entirely residential, and the Waltham Highlands loop is tiny and close to Central Square, anyway.
Pros: I definitely see the need for this route during rush hour, when it brings commuters to parts of Waltham not served by other buses. The schedule is also sensible, with 30 minute headways during rush hour and 60 minute headways during the day.
Cons: Do the midday trips really get that many people, though? I mean, they only run from Newton Corner to Waltham Highlands, and I just can't imagine too many people taking advantage of a service like that.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Well, the independent section is mostly houses. Umm...I mean, I guess you could use this route to get to Moody Street, but there are a bunch of other routes that also run down that corridor.
Final Verdict: 6/10
During rush hour, the 556 carries a fine amount of people and brings them to their neighborhoods in Waltham. But midday? The route gets very few riders. I think they could probably cut midday service altogether, although that could get some outcry... Still, the 556 is definitely a good route at rush hour, at least.
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