|Yes, it's the 19! Also, don't ask what my friend Michael and I were doing in Johnston at 6:00 at night.|
|An earlier trip speeding along Plainfield Pike.|
|Oh dear, that is not a nice intersection...|
|A few businesses.|
|Those buildings make for a rather pleasant background.|
Ridership: In 2012, the 19 got pretty good ridership, with 1,541 riders per weekday, 980 per Saturday, and 754 per Sunday. Most of these came from the denser part of the route, but a lot of people got on at Walmart, too. This held true for my trip, which only got about 10-15 people, but it was an inbound trip on a Saturday night, so that makes sense.
Pros: This is one of two buses that runs through Johnston, so it serves a lot. The Walmart out in Johnston seems to be a big ridership draw, and a few rush hour trips are extended to the Cranston Industrial Park, so the route definitely has reverse commuting opportunities.
Cons: Aside from the weekday schedule (every half hour), I think the 19 could stand to run a little more often. On Saturdays, it's every 50 minutes and on Sundays, it's every 70 minutes. That said, the route is coordinated pretty well with the 17 to provide frequent service along Westminster Street to Olneyville Square, so there's that.
Nearby and Noteworthy: When I told my band teacher (who's from Rhode Island) that I took the bus through Olneyville Square, he went "Oh my gosh, that's the most dangerous neighborhood in Rhode Island! You don't want to be hanging around there!" So, uh...don't go to Olneyville Square, I guess. But hey, there'll always be Walmart!
Final Verdict: 7/10
I was originally going to give this one a 6, but the coordination with the 17 brings it up for me. Most of the 19's ridership is concentrated on the inner section, and a lot of it is shared with the 17 anyway, so service is more frequent than it looks. That's not to say that people don't take the route further, and I would love to see more frequent service out in Johnston, but it would just result in less-crowded buses.
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