|The bus in Gloucester.|
|Looking to the front of the bus.|
|Lots o' variety here!|
|A residential neighborhood near the high school.|
|A fleeting water view!|
|Looking down Lexington Ave, the "main drag" of the neighborhood.|
|Where are we???|
|Some rather large houses.|
|Hey, at least there's a nice view!|
|Some intersection...or something...|
|The bus heading down Essex Ave.|
Ridership: N-O-T G-O-O-D. It's the least-used CATA route on weekdays with less than 25 riders, and on Saturdays it gets maybe 10-15 (it's so low down on the graph I can't really tell). I will say that this school trip got a good amount of people, though - around 15 in total! So I guess school trips are where most of this route's ridership are.
Pros: Well, the route does serve...stuff. Like, um, a lot of woods. And some houses. The school trips get people...
Cons: Let's start with nitpicky stuff and move outward. Firstly, that school trip really should leave Gloucester later - if it has actual riders, too, why make them wait at the school for 15 minutes for no reason? Also, you know all that weird stuff on the school trip that didn't show up on the Yellow Line schedule? Well, turns out it's on the Purple Line schedule! What the heck?? Can you not show the full route on one or the other? Sigh. But no, the Yellow Line's main problem is that it really doesn't serve...anything. Most of the houses it runs by wouldn't be using the bus anyway! That's probably why its schedule is so bad - three trips on weekdays and four on Saturdays. Hey, why the heck does it run more often on Saturdays when less people are using it??
Nearby and Noteworthy: Hammond Castle looks incredible, and I actually really want to visit it myself. However, with the Yellow Line's schedule, be prepared to spend a lot of time there...
Final Verdict: 2/10
Honestly, I see no reason why this route couldn't just be eliminated outside of the school trips. They seem to be the only ones that get any ridership! Maybe if the Yellow Line got extended to Manchester, it could get more people, but even that would be mostly forest. Okay, I'll draw it out, why not?
But yeah, I doubt that would get too much more ridership. The Yellow Line could probably be relegated to school service and I doubt too many people would care...
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