|The bus at Taunton.|
|These houses were closer to downtown.|
|Turning onto Dean Street.|
|The other side of South Street was mostly sparse houses.|
|The bus at Walmart.|
Ridership: I'm surprised to see that the 7 only gets about average ridership for GATRA's weekday Attleboro/Taunton routes, with approximately 130 riders, and below average on Saturdays - 60 people. My weekday trip was actually quite busy (for GATRA), with over 10 riders!
Pros: This is the fastest way of getting to Walmart from Taunton, making the trip in about 20 minutes (the alternative, the 8, takes 45 minutes to get there). It also serves other businesses along South Street West, and houses on the School Street section. The 7's schedule is standard for GATRA, with every hour headways Mondays through Saturdays.
Cons: You know, I thought the 7's ridership was pretty good before, but in all honesty, very few people use this thing on Saturdays - it averages out to about 3 people per trip. This shows that service could probably be reduced, or perhaps start later or end earlier. Weekday ridership seems good, though.
Nearby and Noteworthy: If you're trying to get from Taunton to Walmart, the 7 is the way to go. There are a few other businesses along South Street West, as well.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Ayyyy, the 7 gets a 7! No, but seriously, this is a good route that seems to get a good amount of people on weekdays. On Saturdays, though, it might be beneficial to shave off a trip each in the morning and evening - the every hour schedule works well, but ridership is probably higher midday on the route.
Latest MBTA News: Service Updates
I'm back from Portland, Oregon! I'm finishing up the GATRA posts I hadn't written yet first, and then I have a slew of posts in store about the public transit system over there, the TriMet. I also want to give a huge thanks to my friend Sam Hegg for managing the blog while I was gone - check out his Operational Oculi if you haven't already!