|The bus coming into Pawtucket.|
|You let me down, Beverage Hill!|
|Man, this is a wasteland...|
|The cemetery with some apartments behind it.|
|The mall parking lot.|
|Part of that weird intersection.|
|The 78 used to go through the tunnel, but they rerouted it. Alas...|
|The bus about to pick up outbound passengers.|
Ridership: In 2012, the 78 got 1,000 riders per weekday, 800 per Saturday, and 300 per Sunday. That averaged out to about 20-25 riders per trip, which is about on par with what I saw on my ride. The great thing about the 78 is that it has transportation hubs on both ends, so ridership goes in both directions!
Pros: Well, for one thing, see the last sentence. Sure, no one's gonna take this from beginning to end, but having big hubs on either end allows for great bidirectional ridership. It helps that the route serves a huge chunk of East Providence, and its schedule is decent - every 45 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, and every 90 minutes on Sundays (infrequent, but the ridership is lower).
Cons: The Sunday schedule could probably stand to be better, and I also have a problem with one section of the route: that weird one-block deviation around Newport Ave. The route only does it going inbound, and it really doesn't serve anything that's not within walking distance of Newport Ave. It seems like it just adds unnecessary time to the route!
Nearby and Noteworthy: There isn't much of note along the 78's independent section, but it does serve a really cool neighborhood on its approach into Providence. That said, it's within easy walking distance from downtown, so I wouldn't recommend taking the bus there.
Final Verdict: 8/10
This is a really solid route. It serves a big portion of eastern Pawtucket and East Providence, and can bring its residents to either of RIPTA's two biggest hubs! The route is decently frequent as long as you're not riding on Sundays, too. Yeah, that one deviation by Newport Ave is a bit weird, but the route is great aside from that.
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