|Looking down the platform.|
|The inbound boarding platform.|
|A part of the platform.|
|Looking out into the parking lot.|
|This is about it for bus amenities.|
|A Commuter Rail train leaving the station.|
|Nothing like a surprise Amtrak train to make your day!|
Ridership: This is the ninth busiest station on the Commuter Rail, with 1,462 inbound riders per weekday. Most of those riders come from the urbanized Pawtucket, Rhode Island, which is a stone's throw away from South Attleboro. The Massachusetts surroundings of the station are actually somewhat rural, but right when you cross that state border, you're in the city.
Pros: This is as close to a Pawtucket Station as we can get right now, and South Attleboro is pretty much in the city, anyway. It has a reasonably large parking lot that seems like it can just barely handle weekday traffic, and for those without cars, the connections here to the RIPTA 1 and 35 buses make for easy transportation to Pawtucket and beyond. Finally, South Attleboro is wheelchair accessible, which is certainly a good thing.
Cons: Ugh, but this station is horrible. The whole thing has a very barebones feel to it, and the footbridge is in terrible condition. Plus, the bus stop here is just a sign. I'm not sure if RIPTA, being a Rhode Island company, is in charge of or even allowed to build a shelter in Massachusetts, but the current stop isn't much. I also wish it had better signage, since it's all the way across the parking lot on a side street.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Aside from a big mall to the east, you're probably gonna have to cross into Rhode Island to find anything of note here. Newport Ave in Pawtucket is lined with businesses, but are they interesting? Honestly, it doesn't seem like it.
Final Verdict: 5/10
I think a proper station in Pawtucket would draw in a lot of riders, but for now, we're stuck with South Attleboro. It performs its basic function as a train station alright, but it's not a very pleasant place. I mean, it all feels so decrepit, especially the stupid footbridge. That piece of rotting metal needs to be fixed at some point,
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