|The slightly out-of-focus bus at Salem.|
|Gotta love Salem!|
|My, this is desolate...|
|A business block in Peabody Square.|
|A side street.|
|Going around the mall.|
|Oh look! Um...buildings!|
|A street corner.|
|Danvers Town Hall!|
|The bus at Danvers Square.|
|The Crane River!|
|Going over the highway.|
Ridership: It's not surprising that the 465 gets pretty low ridership - on weekdays, the route gets an average of 414 riders, while on Saturdays, the route gets only 267 riders. However, when passengers per trip are taken into account, it's not too bad - about 16 on weekdays and 22 on Saturdays.
Pros: This is basically the MBTA's only route in Danvers, so the 465 serves a big purpose in that regard. The route also serves as at least somewhat of a relief for the perpetually-packed 435, since they share paths from Peabody Square to Liberty Tree. The 465's schedule is also pretty sensible - every hour on weekdays and every two hours on Saturday.
Cons: One big problem with the 465 is the layover in Danvers. If someone wants to get to the other side of the loop, an up-to-20 minute wait in Danvers Square is quite the annoyance. I also wonder what the purpose is of the rush hour routing via Water, Margin, and North Streets (formerly called the 468). I mean, it has stops and everything, but it only gets two trips in each direction.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Salem, Peabody Square, and Danvers Square are all pretty interesting downtowns, though the only one for which you would specifically use the 465 is Danvers.
Final Verdict: 6/10
Eh, this route definitely does its job and serves a good amount. However, the layover at Danvers is inconvenient for people going around the loop - it might be better to just give the bus a long layover in Salem and do the loop nonstop. As for the "468" routing, I guess serving that area might only be justified during rush hour, so I'll let that issue slide. But this is just a "6" kind of route, you know? I mean, it's every 2 hours on Saturdays!
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