|A MINIBUS? NOOOOOOOOOO!|
|Going by a bank.|
|Interesting buildings here!|
|Passing a parking lot.|
|The shelter at the Civic Center.|
|My friend Nathan and I waited for the full-sized bus to take us back to the station.|
Ridership: The 4 is by far the most-used route on the MART, with over 180,000 riders per year! Of course, most of those riders are concentrated when school is in session, and I only wish the MART gave summer data, as I'm sure it's much lower. Still, due to its nature as a college shuttle, the 4 gets lots of people when school is happening!
Pros: The 4 is incredibly useful for FSU students - it's a free bus that can take you anywhere along North Street (people can flag down the bus anywhere) that comes every few minutes! Who wouldn't want to rely on this thing?
Cons: I question the Saturday and summer service, which is every hour. There are no public ridership statistics for these times, but I can't see that many people using such a tiny route when school isn't in session. Also, the Civic Center stopping situation is terrible.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Need to get to FSU? Well, this is your route! It doesn't really go anywhere else...
Final Verdict: 9/10
It's the freeness that bumps the 4 that extra point up. The fact that it's free means that college students can just hop on the bus anywhere without having to wait too long and go essentially wherever they want on campus! And yes, I know that FSU students ride free on the MART anyway, but...well, making it free for everyone is just a nice thing to do, isn't it?
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