|Okay, evidently it's hard to take photos in the South Station Bus Terminal...|
|Looking toward the front.|
|Okay, I could not get good pictures in this lighting! This is from the airport.|
|Goin' through the toll.|
|Kind of a cool view going over the Zakim.|
|Exit 38, I guess.|
|Leaving the park-and-ride.|
|Wow, that's some epic fog!|
|The bus at the lovely North Londonderry stop.|
Ridership: In January 2014, the route got about 33,000 people, or about 1,065 per day. Keep in mind that that's inbound passengers only, meaning that each inbound trip gets an average of over 31 people! Even my outbound Saturday trip at 6:30 AM got a few riders - sure, it was only about 10-15, but that's really good considering the time.
Pros: There is so much to like about this route. For one thing, the schedule is great: it's every hour during non-peak times and on weekends, while during rush hour it operates essentially with every 15 minute service, with each trip stopping at different stops to balance out the ridership. Simply fantastic! Also, the fares are pretty reasonable, charging $14 from Londonderry to South Station, and $13 from Salem. There's a $4 surcharge to get to the airport, unfortunately, but that makes sense. Fares can either be bought in advance, or upon exiting the bus if you have proper identification. Finally, according to John Arico, who gave us a ride from Londonderry to Transit Day, the proper Boston Express buses are even nicer than the Concord Coach Lines ones!
Cons: Nothing too bad, just some little annoyances with the vehicle and schedule. For example, the screens and radios on the bus weren't the best, and it was annoying how we had to deviate to serve Logan Airport on that one trip.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There's nothing much in Londonderry, but you could theoretically take this bus to get to Canobie Lake Park! Granted, it's a half hour walk from the Salem stop, but it's possible!
Final Verdict: 9/10
This route provides excellent service for people in southern New Hampshire who commute to Boston. The funny thing is that it doesn't even serve particularly major cities, yet a bunch of people still use it! Honestly, this route is a prime example as to why we should have Commuter Rail service to New Hampshire, but for now, the Boston Express is still an excellent way of getting to Boston.
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