A little while back, I reviewed the 33, which runs from Mattapan Station to Dedham Line, via River Street. I wasn’t a very big fan of that route. Now we’ll be looking at the 33’s companion along River Street, the 24, which goes to Fairmount. Does it stack up more favorably than the 33? Let’s find out.
|Wooooooah, that’s a weird angle!|
Leaving the busway at Mattapan, we looped around onto River Street. We avoided the main drag of Mattapan Square, however, by simply continuing straight on the same street. Leaving Mattapan’s businesses behind, River Street was mostly lined with dense houses.
|Crossing over the Fairmount Line.|
Eventually, the road went onto a bridge, going over the Fairmount Line. On the other side, we passed a shopping plaza. then it got a bit industrial. There were auto shops and empty plots of land lining the street for a little while. It got residential after that, though, with individual houses, as well as a few apartments.
|A clock tower in Logan Square.|
Eventually, the street became lined with businesses as we entered Logan Square. This was where we split from the 33, turning onto Fairmount Ave. After passing some more retail, we went up onto a bridge, crossing over Fairmount Station, then the Neponset River.
|This wasn’t taken from the bus, but here’s the Neponset River, seen from Fairmount Ave.|
Now we came to the main part of the 24, which is a loop around a neighborhood of Hyde Park. It was very local and very twisty, and it started right when we left the bridge. Turning onto Beacon Street, we rose up a steep hill with houses on either side of the road. At the top, we turned onto Metropolitan Ave, passing the small Boston Baptist College.
|Looking down a side street.|
We then turned onto Summit Street, going into Milton for the very briefest of moments before returning to Hyde Park. From there, we turned onto Milton Ave, which had no sidewalk and more spread-out houses. Once we were on Highland Street, though, the houses were denser again.
|Another side street.|
The road made a few sharp twists, becoming Pond Street in the process. Reaching the end of that street, we turned onto Williams Ave, then Summit Street again, passing the Boston Police Academy. This road changed names twice as we went along, becoming Washington Street, then Wakefield Ave.
|A nice-looking park.|
Around that last name change, we went by a school on one side and a park on the other. We then turned onto Truman Highway, reaching a shelter. Right across the street from a small shopping plaza, this was the last stop of the route.
|The bus getting ready to turn onto Fairmount Ave.|