|The bus laying over.|
|A residential side street.|
|It's starting to get industrial over here!|
|Looking down a side street with more houses.|
|A very head-on view of the next bus going onto the route.|
Ridership: In 2012, the route was getting incredibly low ridership: 264 passengers per weekday, 191 per Saturday, and 131 per Sunday. They've made a lot of changes since then to increase the ridership per trip, most notably cutting Sunday service and lowering the route's frequency. It seems these were good changes - while the route was averaging 4 riders per day on Saturdays in 2012, my ride had 10!
Pros: This is definitely a niche route, but it serves its fair share of Pawtucket. The whole route is full of dense residential neighborhoods, and though the Stop and Shop deviation didn't get that many people back in 2012, it was the highest-ridership stop on my ride!
Cons: Man, that schedule...it's a weird one. The route runs every hour on Saturdays, which seems like a good frequency, but then on weekdays it's every...90 minutes? What?! Why does it run so infrequently on the days when ridership is typically higher?
Nearby and Noteworthy: Yeah, basically just Stop and Shop. There were some local businesses along the route that could be good, though.
Final Verdict: 6/10
The 76 may be short and its ridership not that great, but every 90 minutes on weekdays just seems way too infrequent. The hourly Saturday schedule definitely has the right idea! That being said, the route still serves a dense neighborhood, and this is its only direct link to Pawtucket, so I can't fault it too much.
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