|The 240 inching its way past the BAT.|
|Lower Mills is such a cool neighborhood!|
|The pond is just around that house.|
|A side street.|
|What a pretty driveway!|
|A shopping plaza.|
|Well! It's a man on a key! Okay!|
|A side street in Crawford Square.|
|The bus pulling away toward Ashmont.|
|"VIA N. RANDOLPH"??? No, I missed "Quincy Center"! ARGHHHHHH!|
|At least traffic allows for somewhat non-blurry pictures.|
|A building (after we left the highway).|
|What a beautiful parking lot.|
|Not in service, unfortunately...I was hoping to get a picture of it signed as the 240.|
Ridership: Very, very high. The route gets 2,912 riders per weekday, 1,640 per Saturday, and 912 per Sunday. Those numbers may not seem too large for the T, but since the 240 doesn't run as often as other routes, it's very often packed. My rush-hour trip squeezed about 50-60 people on board, and the route is frequent at rush hour!
Pros: The 240 serves a lot. A lot. The North Main Street corridor in Randolph is huge, and it's where most of the ridership goes. Also, I understand that the schedule tries its best to alleviate crowding for the most part - the route is anywhere from every 10-20 minutes during rush hour, and every half hour during the day and on Saturdays.
Cons: But the route is always so crowded. It doesn't help that it runs every 70 minutes at night and every 75 minutes on Sundays. There are also some problems with schedule intervals - on Saturdays, for example, inbound buses at Crawford Square depart on the :00 and on the :20. That means there's a 20 minute gap in service, then a 40 minute gap. I understand that this discrepancy is because the route is interlined with the 238, but it would be great if the intervals were more consistent.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Mayyyyyyybe Crawford Square, but even that doesn't seem to be too interesting. Avon Square has a historical building, I think.
Final Verdict: 6/10
The 240 tries its best, it really does - it just can't seem to satiate its crowds. Also, it doesn't try at all at night. Or on Sundays. But anyway, this is a lifeline route to Randolph, and seeing how many people use it, it would really benefit from more service, if possible. A good start would just be to even out headways on Saturday inbound service, as well as midday outbound service. Oh, and also, those Quincy express trips are fun if you ever get the chance to take one.
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