|The bus at Haymarket.|
|Wow, what a...great view...|
|This area is so pretty and scenic, isn't it? NO.|
|Oh hey, it's a building!|
|Going by Lynn Garage.|
|A side street from Eastern Ave.|
Ridership: Although the route only gets an average of 258 riders per day, you have to keep in mind that since it's rush hour only, the ridership per trip is much higher. My ride had about 25 people on board, most of whom got off along the shared section with the 450.
Pros: I don't have too much to say here, actually. Its role as a supplement to the 450 is good, as is the commuter-oriented schedule - five trips in the morning and four in the evening, spaced about half an hour apart.
Cons: Why the heck doesn't the route go downtown in the morning? Or conversely, why the heck doesn't the route start at Wonderland in the evening? Bottom line: BE CONSISTENT. My main gripe in this regard is if you have a commuter that relies on the 424W, perhaps for the lower fares. Well, what are they supposed to do in the evening? They have to pay the inner express fare on the 424 from downtown (which is kind of a joke anyway, considering the route is barely "express" once across the harbor), or take the 455 from Wonderland and change buses. Now isn't that a pain??
Nearby and Noteworthy: Do you like sketchy Lynn businesses? Great! There are plenty along here.
Final Verdict: 4/10
I like the 424's concept: it provides extra supplementary service to the 450. Great. However, its inconsistency between the morning and the evening rushes drives me crazy! Here's my proposal: just run all 424 buses to Wonderland. This would allow for a low-cost alternative for commuters who live along the 450 route, plus the shorter route could free up a few buses for the other packed Lynn routes. Win-win, I say!
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