|The bus at the mall.|
|Looking toward the back...|
|...and the front.|
|The Stoughton Water Works!|
|The one track.|
|The main bus stop in Stoughton Square.|
|A water tower looms behind the basketball court.|
|Woo, parking lots, yay...|
|The bus, now out of service at the BAT Center.|
Ridership: The ridership on my ride was local, with everyone seeming to know each other. Overall, it got about 15 riders in total, which seems alright for a Saturday. In 2014, the route got 208 riders per weekday and 160 per Saturday, and it's one of the lower-ridership routes for the BAT.
Pros: This is Stoughton's only bus route, and not only does it serve a decent portion of that town, but it also provides a link to Cobbs Corner. Unfortunately...that's about all the good things I have to say about the 14.
Cons: Yeah, okay, so first of all, the schedule is pretty bad. I'm not saying the route gets a ton of ridership, but every 80 minutes seems a bit ridiculous. Still, I guess the route averages a relatively small amount of people per trip, so the infrequency makes sense. But I'll bet it would average more people per trip if all of them were extended to the BAT Center! Why terminate at Westgate? That just makes the route so isolated.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There weren't any attractions that caught my fancy along this route. Stoughton Center didn't seem like a very interesting place, although if you're into malls, the 14 has plenty of those.
Final Verdict: 5/10
To be clear, this score is not based on the frequency of the route. The frequency, based on the current ridership, makes sense. Rather, the low score is because of the simple fact that only four trips per day serve the BAT Center. I'm sure this route would get much more ridership if it always went downtown since it wouldn't just be an isolated stub from Westgate to Stoughton. It might be harder to schedule, but it would be worth it, and I think this route is basically unfinished until that happens.
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