|The bus sitting next to the awesome zoo shelter.|
|I had to crop this one a bit, since my glove got in the way. It was cold, okay?|
|Looking toward the back...|
|...and the front.|
|Also, just look at this stop request cord! Or...rope, I guess.|
|I used a photo from our walk because the bus windows were dirty.|
|Looking down a side street.|
|An industrial view from Gay Street.|
|Man, I love the Providence skyline!|
|The bus in Providence.|
Ridership: In 2012, this route carried a measly 477 passengers per weekday, 264 per Saturday, and 100 per Sunday - and that was before this route's schedule cuts! My ride was similarly low, with only about five people in total. Now, I'll admit that this was Martin Luther King Day, but still, five people is tiny. I would imagine the 6 gets slightly more ridership during the summer, when people actually want to go to the zoo.
Pros: This would theoretically be a good bus for tourists. Direct service from Providence to the zoo? Awesome! And on weekdays, it satisfies that in a schedule regard, too, with every half hour service. However...
Cons: That becomes every hour on weekends - certainly not a good schedule for tourists. Okay, well, maybe it's a good route for locals. After all, it serves the Community College of Rhode Island, as well as the Rhode Island Hospital! Well, yeah, except it does that through a really time-consuming detour. Plus, it's within a few blocks of the R-Line for most of its trip. Talk about being overshadowed.
Nearby and Noteworthy: All I've seen of the Roger Williams Zoo is the parking lot, but it is one of the oldest zoos in the country and admissions are half-off through February. The 6 will take you there directly, while the R-Line is much more frequent, though it only drops you off at the entrance to the park in which the zoo is housed.
Final Verdict: 4/10
This route is kind of in a strange limbo. In order to be more of value to tourists, it would have to run more often. But since it wouldn't be too well-used, it could probably just get flat-out eliminated. I mean, okay, ridership still comes from the Community College, that said. I like the idea of running a cut-back version during the winter that only goes as far as the CCRI, and then during the summer it goes all the way to the zoo. Plus, it could also get extended to Providence Station on the other end during seasonal service to improve tourist connections. I mean, these buses are awesome, they can't be put to waste!
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