|The bus at the Buckley Transportation Center.|
|Looking down a side street.|
|A little river.|
|Zoomed out or zoomed in? Take your pick!|
Ridership: The ridership for the 32 is below average for the MVRTA's Lawrence routes, with 108,986 riders in 2015 - that's about 300 per day. My Saturday trip had pretty low ridership, and interestingly, no one went to Andover; the bus was empty past South Lawrence.
Pros: The route serves a good amount along Broadway and Main Street, and the South Lawrence section definitely needs it (Andover doesn't seem to use it as much, but it's good to have). With the classic MVRTA schedule - every half hour during rush periods and every hour middays and weekends - the route has a decent schedule, too.
Cons: I'm not sure what it's like on other trips, but based on my experience, the Andover section seems to be less used. If the MVRTA wasn't a pulse system, I might suggest short-turning some trips, but the pulse would make that a waste of time.
Nearby and Noteworthy: From my brief exposure to Andover Square, I have to say that it seems like a great downtown. It's not that big, but what's there is some nice businesses in really charming buildings.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Hooray! I think the MVRTA is honestly a decent system, but I seem to have ended up on some of its lesser routes this trip. But I really liked the 32! Sure, the bus may have been empty in Andover, but it could have been that particular trip - short-turning buses would be stupid with the pulse system, anyway. Until next time, MVRTA!
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