|The fancy new bus at the Emerald Square Mall.|
|I'm getting sick of malls...|
|A side street.|
|A residential intersection.|
|This is the most random place to end a bus...|
Ridership: Well, if we're talking about my ride, it got two other people, which is miserable. The route's overall ridership on weekdays is slightly better, at around 125 riders per day (about the "average" for Attleboro and Taunton routes). On Saturdays, the route gets about 105 riders, which is above average, although I credit the increased ridership to the lack of weekend service on the 24.
Pros: Um...it serves Emerald Square...and it serves Pawtucket. Yeah. Uh...it runs every hour?
Cons: I'm sorry, but I don't see why this route gets Saturday service but the 24 doesn't. In a hub-and-spoke system, won't more people want to go to the hub? Although...maybe people don't need to go from Pawtucket to Attleboro. Perhaps there's just a large ridership contingency of people going from Pawtucket to Emerald Square? After all, this is the GATRA's second most productive route on Saturdays, so that's gotta count for something. I'm seriously starting to doubt myself here.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Emerald Square, basically. The terminus is technically Pawtucket, but it's basically right on the border. You would have to use the RIPTA to get into the city itself.
Final Verdict: 5/10
You know, I'm not really sure anymore. The 11 gets pretty good productivity, especially on Saturdays, but it was quiet both when I rode it and when I saw it at Emerald Square on a Saturday. Still, the numbers can't lie...can they? I still think it would be better to operate the 10, 12, and 24 on Saturdays rather than the current 10, 11, and 12 setup they have now (and I think it would save them a bus). But still...if the 11 gets ridership, I guess that's fine. I'm sticking with a tentative 5 at the moment.
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