- Oct 8, 2022
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The 424 terminates at Eastern Ave., At that point, if the 424 were to be truncated at Central Sq. via Washington St., the 424 and the 456 could be eliminated altogether, and instead reroute the 435 via Eastern Ave. This frees up a bus or so to increase frequencies across other routes.I'm pretty sure we would have no through-running routes -- everything would terminate at Lynn Central Sq. The 424 and 450 would get diverted via something like Washington St, and the 441, 442, and 455 would be truncated at Lynn. It is true that we need to deal with serving the areas between Lynn and Wonderland, but those should be separate routes, to keep the north-of-Lynn routes more reliable.
To your point, you have two corridors leftover: Common St/Western Ave/Salem Turnpike, and Lynnway/North Shore Road.
The eastern corridor sees pretty good ridership on both sides of the bridge, so yes, we'd probably have a shortened route pinging back and forth between Wonderland and Lynn Central Sq via Lynnway. That route will be more reliable if shorter, and can also have its frequency tuned to match the demand of that specific corridor, rather than having to fit the demand of the much longer and more varied corridor.
The western corridor sees solid ridership between Central Square and the West Lynn Garage, but it drops after the river. The lion's share of this corridor could be handled by increased frequencies on the 426, with riders oriented toward Central Square.
You do have some leftover pieces here, mostly on Western Ave -- between Washington and S Common St, and then the short stretch between Summer St and the West Lynn Garage. You could experiment with a short route that ping-pongs back-and-forth to take care of those. Alternatively, we could make an exception to "no through runs", and re-extend the 455 the extra 2.3 miles to cover those gaps.
If we truly want to play "Deity Mode", then let's assume that the River Works station becomes accessible from the street. You could then run the 424, 450, and maybe also an extended 455 into a secondary hub there.
But basically, even if you only curtail the Salem Turnpike segments of the 450, 455, and 424, that's still a significant increase. And even if it isn't strictly speaking "double the frequencies", it'll still be a massive improvement in reliability to have the hub at Lynn rather than Wonderland, even if you still need to cover some of the route-miles between the two. The reliability improvements coupled with at least some shorter routes will result in frequency increases. (Plus, providing rapid transit to the ~15,000 people who live in the 15-min walkshed of Lynn Station is nothing to sneeze at either.)
The elimination of the 456 is essentially unnoteworthy if the 450 is routed to Central Sq. instead of West Lynn Garage. In that case, one travelling along the Western Ave. corridor would now need to transfer to the 450 from whatever route originates at the Garage. Currently, it's a one seat ride on the 450 at present day from the Garage up Eastern Ave..
It's probably best to just extend 1 of the Lynn area bus routes from Central Sq., to West Lynn Garage. I'd opt for the 441/442 to extend to the West Lynn Garage., and the 455 terminates at Central Sq. It's better just to through run one of the routes, since it eliminates a transfer for at least 1 origin-destination pair in the Lynn area, and the last thing we need is an extra bus route competing for frequencies.