|Oh my gosh, we're in prehistoric times!|
|The awful interior (with an interesting expression from my friend Nathan).|
|Looking up toward the front.|
|Oh, did I mention the windows were caked with dirt? Prepare for some great pictures!|
|A residential side street.|
|Some sort of parking area.|
|Oh look...um...telephone wires!|
|Two shots of the bus at CCRI.|
Ridership: Since I don't count kids (they don't pay), the total ridership on the bus was...four people! Including me and Nathan! Okay, but it was the morning, so maybe more people use the route overall. Let's see, in 2012, the route got...287 passengers per weekday. Wow, and it ran on weekends back then with even lower ridership - 100 passengers on Saturdays and 81 on Sundays. Oh, and what's this? It ranked "47 out of 54 routes." 7th-lowest ridership route, huh? Tsk, tsk.
Pros: Just about the only use for this route is that it gives a one-seat ride from Pawtucket to the Twin River Casino and CCRI. I mean, the section on Mineral Spring Ave got no one, and it's pretty close to the much more frequent 72.
Cons: Gosh, you know it's a bad route when I start listing off cons in the "pros" section. Let's see, aside from the fact that the independent section of the route is mostly useless, what else is wrong with it? Oh, the schedule is quite miserable. The route runs every hour, and on weekdays only. Yes, it makes sense, but if the ridership is this low even with every hour service, then why run the route at all outside of rush hour?
Nearby and Noteworthy: Uh...Twin River? If you happen to be into gambling, and you also happen to be in Pawtucket on a weekday, then this bus is for you!
Final Verdict: 4/10
This is definitely one of the more interesting RIPTA routes I've been on so far, but it just doesn't seem very useful. 73 service could probably be cut outside of rush hour, and not too many people would be impacted. The most important thing it does is connect Pawtucket to Twin River, but if only a few people are taking advantage of it, then clearly it must not be very necessary.
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