|That is...a lot of salt.|
|Looking down the platform.|
|The parking lot.|
|Oh, how I love old station buildings!|
|An exit on the inbound side.|
|Some GATRA buses at the bus terminal.|
|The station building.|
|The train left the station verrryyyyy slowwwwllllllyyyyy...|
|Probably because it was waiting for this to pass. It wouldn't be a Providence Line review without a surprise Amtrak!|
Ridership: Oh, yes, this is a very busy one indeed. With 1,665 inbound riders per weekday, Attleboro is the third-busiest station on the Providence Line and the sixth-busiest Commuter Rail station overall! And considering that only a very small fraction of that amount takes the GATRA in, I would imagine that a lot of people drive, justifying the huge parking lot.
Pros: The old buildings! The old buildings! The old buildings! Yes, I'm a sucker for vintage station buildings, and these ones are no exception. Having a waiting room and café on the inbound side is great, but too bad it's not open all the time. Additionally, the parking lot is gigantic and the GATRA facility is quite nice.
Cons: The boarding platforms are barebones and kinda ugly, and why aren't there benches on the inbound side? Okay, I get it, the waiting room is there for rush hour, but what about all other times? You can sit under the building, but you still have to walk to the boarding platform.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Nothing against Attleboro, but it doesn't seem like the most interesting of towns. Some of the architecture in the nearby downtown is oldish, but there aren't any noteworthy businesses in the buildings. The best attraction is probably the Capron Park Zoo, a small local zoo about 15 minutes' walk away from the station.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Okay, this lower score might be based on the fact that I'm not a huge fan of Attleboro as a city. But that said, the whole bench issue is rather annoying, since the café is only open during the morning rush. Of course, the rest of the station is pretty good, especially the old buildings. Plus, the GATRA terminal is fantastic, considering how small GATRA's Attleboro system is.
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