|The bus in Providence...on an earlier 60 trip. We did not end up with a vehicle nearly as fancy and new...|
|Looking across towards downtown.|
|I couldn't get any good river pictures, so here's...this.|
|A small (and boring) shopping plaza.|
"Yo, dude, Barrington got SMOKED in the football game last night!"
"Yeah, man, they SUCK!"
Anyway, the street gained a brick median as we entered...Barrington Center, I guess? The businesses weren't anything special (lots of chain stores with parking lots), but the town hall had a really great park surrounding it.
|Noooo, that camera spot ruined the picture! Luckily it's gone now, but I rode this bus a little while ago.|
|The second crossing!|
|Some houses down a side street.|
|The entrance to what eventually leads to a waterside park.|
|Looking out across the harbor.|
|A side street downtown.|
"See ya, Frank."
[Frank gets up and starts to walk to the front]
"Frank. FRANK! FRANK, YOU FORGOT YOUR BAG, FRANK!"
[Frank keeps walking without listening. Other people try to get his attention.]
"FRANK! FRANK, YOU FORGOT YOUR BAG!"
[Frank leaves the bus. The other person gets on the phone.]
"Frank, I put your bag in my knapsack. Okay, Frank. See ya, Frank."
|Another harbor view!|
|A small business and a side street.|
|Some houses and a...mini-marsh, I guess?|
|Gotta love farmland on a bus.|
|The intersection with West Main Road.|
|The bus at the Gateway Center.|
Ridership: Oh yeah, the 60 gets a lot of people. Our Saturday trip had something like 40 riders in total, and most of them got off at the various downtowns along the route - Warren, Bristol, and Newport. RIPTA's 2012 statistics for the 60 say that it's the third-busiest route on the RIPTA, with 2,290 riders per weekday, 2,175 per Saturday, and 1,442 per Sunday. Also, keep in mind that this was before the top two routes were consolidated into the R-Line, so the 60 could very well be the second-busiest route now!
Pros: The 60 is a crucial link between Providence and Newport, and it serves a bunch more towns along the way. It carries a lot of people, and that's also representative in the schedule - every 15 minutes during rush hour (it's a long route, so imagine how many buses that requires), every half hour during the day and on Saturdays, every hour at night, and every 45 minutes on Sundays! There are even a few late-night trips on Thursdays and Fridays meant for college students.
Cons: Man, you know it's a good route when I can't really think of any cons! I guess the 60's long length is its downfall, since it drives up the operating costs. That said, the whole point of the route is that it's long, so that's a rather dead-end con right there.
Nearby and Noteworthy: You've got Warren! You've got Bristol! You've got Newport! Lots of beautiful downtowns, small and big! Plus, beaches in Newport!
Final Verdict: 9/10
The 60 is an important route, and one that gets a lot of people. The schedule is absolutely perfect so that most of the trips get (optimally) a full-seated load, and it's a nice ride, to boot! Indeed, it's arguably one of the most scenic routes on the RIPTA, but they do have better things in store with that regard...stay tuned!
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