|A new 1600 bus coming in!|
|Running along the Southwest Corridor.|
|Some buildings in Roslindale.|
|About to make the turn!|
|The main building of Georgetowne.|
|Looking up a hill.|
|Some random houses along the loop.|
|Heading through the parking lot.|
|Aww, it's just a boring ol' NABI doing the next trip...|
Ridership: It's pretty good! The route gets 1,344 riders per weekday, 715 per Saturday, and 309 per Sunday as the 40/50. Whether a bus will get crowded or not is pretty dependent on whether or not a 34 has departed recently, but the 40 is always guaranteed a decent amount of people going to the independent section.
Pros: Having a bus specifically to serve a housing development seems weird, but apparently Georgetowne is a big enough draw to necessitate it! The 40's schedule may not be too frequent, but I think it's good for the ridership - every half hour during the rush, every 50 minutes on weekdays, every hour on Saturdays, and on nights and Sundays, the route runs combined with the 50 in a loop every hour (the 40/50).
Cons: Are those deviations in Georgetown really necessary? Sure, they do get people, but it would save a lot of time if the bus stayed on Georgetown Drive, did its loop, and returned the way it came. Yeah, people would have to walk a little more, but it could allow the route to run a bit more frequently if it made enough of a time impact. Also, better coordination between the 34, the 34E, and the 40 along Washington Street would allow for crowds to be better spaced-out.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Basically just Georgetown... I mean, there are always the various Washington Street attractions that are served by a bunch of other buses, too.
Final Verdict: 7/10
The 40 is a route with a simple goal: provide a direct link from Georgetowne to Forest Hills. It definitely achieves that, with good ridership and a decent schedule. It definitely has its quirks that drag it down, what with the borderline-unnecessary deviations and poor coordination with the 34 and 34E, but overall, this is a pretty good route!
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