(the 64 is insanely scenic...)
|The bus at the Newport Gateway Center.|
|Well, okay, not yet, but that's a nice little street.|
|This is weird...|
|Gotta love parking lotsssss...|
|Woah woah woah WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAHHHHHH|
|Man, that's a beautiful bridge!|
|Lots o' boats in the harbor.|
|A side street downtown.|
|Okay, I wanted to at least put one farmland picture here before we get to...|
|I HAVE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE WONDER! Also, Sam managed to get a zoomed-in shot of Providence in that last picture!|
|It's such a striking bridge!|
|This route has so many views...|
|We really are in the middle of nowhere, aren't we?|
|What a nice-looking side street!|
|Come on, URI, you can do better than that!|
|Why doesn't the bus say "64"? Beats me...|
Ridership: The 64 either has bad ridership...or decent ridership. Yeah, it depends on how you look at it. RIPTA's automatic passenger counters in 2012 said that the route gets an average of 234 riders per weekday, which is pretty small; however, their farebox data said that the route got just shy of 500 riders per weekday, double what the APCs said! I'm not sure what to say about that discrepancy, but at least we can all agree that Saturday ridership stinks: 66 people.
Pros: THE VIEWS THE VIEWS THE VIEWS!!!! In all of my transit adventures so far, this has been the absolute most scenic route I've ever been on. From the sweeping water views of the two bridges, to the charming harborside running in Jamestown, to the nice little river crossing on Bridgetown Road, to the woods and farmland along Mooresfield Road...the 64 has everything! Too bad everything else about it is terrible...
Cons: What do we start with? How about the route itself? A connection from URI to Kingston just doesn't make that much sense, and ridership is very limited beyond the first two and last two weekday trips - why they even run this thing on Saturdays is beyond me. Also, what's with all those deviations in Newport? Why not leave them to the 63, which already serves those places much more frequently? And I haven't even mentioned the fact that the entire section of the route from Newport to Boston Neck Road is shared with the 14. There has to be a better way of arranging those services...and it has to be said that the Newport trips on the 14 get more ridership than the 64...
Nearby and Noteworthy: Who cares about getting off the bus when the views are so great?! But Jamestown does look like a pretty cool place, so there's that.
Final Verdict: 3/10 (but a perfect 10 for those views!)
Gosh, I could see the argument for the 64 being a rush hour only route. After all, it gets very few people, doesn't have too many notable unique sections, and is quite expensive to run. And sure, those views truly are amazing, and I wholeheartedly recommend taking a ride on the route if you feel like heading out there, but...the 64 just isn't very good!
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