|The bus at Attleboro Station.|
|Looking towards the back...|
|...and towards the front.|
At an intersection with a single gas station, Thacher Street curved upward, while we stayed on what was now called South Ave. We went by a few housing developments, and after another gas station, we passed through an interchange with I-95. There were a few more houses on the other side, but then the scenery started to change.
|The windows were very dirty, so pardon the subpar photography.|
|A convenience store.|
|The bus in Pawtucket.|
Ridership: Unfortunately, GATRA doesn't publish its ridership statistics by route, instead by "service area". And it puts Attleboro and Taunton into the same grouping, which really isn't much help. Thus, I'm stuck talking about the ridership on just my bus, which was...four people. Okay, it was Martin Luther King Day, but wowee, that's low.
Pros: This bus provides a direct link from Attleboro Center to Pawtucket, the only bus to properly do that. (The 16 comes close to a less dense part over to the east, but it doesn't cross into Rhode Island.) The only other GATRA route to Pawtucket is the 11, which doesn't go to Attleboro Center. In addition, when coordinated with the 12, the 24 provides every half hour service from Attleboro to Route 1, though it's not that that section really needs service that frequent...
Cons: That said, weekend service would be nice. Although the 24 runs a pretty standard every hour schedule on weekdays, it doesn't run on Saturdays, leaving all service to the Emerald Square Mall-bound 12. And that would be fine, except that Pawtucket is a busy place, too! Sure, the 11 goes there, but you would have to transfer from the 12, and that's an extra 50 cents.
Nearby and Noteworthy: If you're lazy, you can use this bus to get to the Capron Park Zoo, but I've already said that it's in easy walking distance from the Commuter Rail station. Other than that, the 24 doesn't really serve much of note.
Final Verdict: 6/10
Hmm...I might be influenced by GATRA's transfer policies here more than anything. I'm sure the Saturday ridership from Attleboro Center to Pawtucket is minimal, but it's still there. And the fact that it's an extra 50 cents and 9-minute wait to get there on Saturdays is really annoying. I'm not saying the 24 needs to run on Saturdays, per se, but offering a free transfer specifically between the 11 and 12 would be great. But hey, the 24 is a fine route on weekdays!
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