|The Emerald Square Mall busway is a...dark place.|
|HOORAY ANOTHER MALL!|
|Walmart: everybody's favorite place.|
|Something being built, I guess.|
|The intersection at County Square.|
|At least it's bright now.|
Ridership: On weekdays, this is the GATRA's third-busiest route, with about 170 average riders. On Saturdays, it jumps up to second-busiest, with around 145 average riders. I took the bus on a Saturday, and there were about 10 people who boarded. That's not bad for GATRA standards!
Pros: The route basically offers an alternate way of getting from Emerald Square to Attleboro, plus it serves some other malls along the way. To be honest, the residential section from Route 1 to Attleboro doesn't seem to get many riders, but it does let the bus go pretty fast. The schedule is good, too, with every-hour service on weekdays and Saturdays.
Cons: But...but just like the 10, it still takes forever! The mall deviations are so time-consuming, and we ended up being late getting back to Attleboro. I understand that the deviations get some riders, but they really slow down the route and affect its on-time performance.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The malls, I suppose. Who doesn't love malls?
Final Verdict: 7/10
Again, this is a good GATRA route that seems to get a good amount of people. It's slow because of its deviations, but if people use them, I guess that's fine. Next up, though, we're looking at another Attleboro route that's significantly less decent, and is the reason I think GATRA's Saturday service should be restructured. Stay tuned!
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