|That's a rather nice sky in the background!|
|That is indeed a big apartment tower.|
|Some random shopping plaza.|
|I don't know why I find this picture kinda cool...|
|A mural under the highway.|
|Enjoy this random business, I guess!|
|A parking lot downtown.|
|I didn't get any pictures at Kennedy Plaza because we were running too fast, so here's an earlier bus after we had gotten of the 18.|
Ridership: The 17 is, funnily enough, the RIPTA route with the 17th highest ridership! Every weekday in 2012, it got an average of 1,377 passengers, while on Saturdays it got 730 riders. The route didn't have Sunday service back then.
Pros: The 17 is a pretty straight corridor route that serves a bunch of dense residential areas in Providence and Cranston. It has a decent schedule, too - every half hour on weekdays, every 50 minutes on Saturdays, and every 70 minutes nights and Sundays. Now, that weekend schedule sounds bad, but you have to remember that much of this route is shared with the 19, and the two are perfectly coordinated. Thus, service on the highest-ridership section is actually double the frequency of the 17.
Cons: Can RIPTA please update its maps to show where the buses actually go downtown? I mean, that whole detour we took there nearly cost us the train! Also, a lot of the outer route is really close to the 30, which runs express and offers a much quicker ride out there.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Stop & Shop, I guess. Most of this route really isn't that interesting at all...
Final Verdict: 8/10
The 17 is a great little route. It serves some neighborhoods that aren't served by other routes, but also some that are - the 30 is a significantly faster ride to some of those outer areas than the 17 is. Still, that's basically my only problem with the route. Overall, the 17 performs its job well, and has pretty frequent service on the shared portion thanks to great coordination with the 19.
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