|The glorious outside.|
|Another view of the inside.|
|Inside the Oak Street Café.|
|Are we...going the right way?|
|That is a tiny water fountain! Thanks to my friend Sam for taking the photo.|
|There's a bus terminal here? Oh yeah...|
|The maintenance facility.|
It's worth noting that the GATRA maintenance facility and yard is located here as well. This is where they keep all of their full-sized buses (I believe), as well as many of their Dial-a-Ride buses. The Operations Office is actually open to the public - people can go in there to buy passes. It seems pretty antiquated, but...yeah, it's really antiquated. I'm surprised electronic fare machines aren't better-utilized by GATRA.
|A trio of buses at the terminal.|
GATRA Station: Bloom Bus Terminal
Ridership: This is a hub that serves GATRA's busiest route, as well as a number of other good-ridership ones, so it attracts a decent amount of people. Commuters to Boston also use this terminal, as this is a stop for Bloom coach buses into the city (hence the terminal's name). It seems like most people wait in the outdoor area, since the terminal itself was mostly empty aside from the café.
Pros: The outdoor area is...functional. Okay, that's it for pros.
Cons: Well, it would be a bit of a waste to basically just go over everything I said in the review, wouldn't it? Let's make this quick: BASICALLY EVERYTHING. There is so much wrong with the Bloom Terminal, from its emptiness to its atmosphere to its WEIRD TINY WATER FOUNTAIN. Ugh!
Nearby and Noteworthy: Downtown Taunton is a bit of a walk from here, but it can certainly be done. If you'd rather not go on foot, you can take the GATRA 7, 8, or 9 to get there.
Final Verdict: 2/10
Well, isn't it obvious? This is one of the rantiest (and also most fun) reviews I've ever written, and it's easy to see why...this place is just awful! I think I documented all of its faults pretty well in the body of this post, so I won't repeat myself again, But yeah...not a nice place. At all.
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