|No sign? Great.|
|The sun setting over the mall.|
|Some buildings on Main Street.|
|Front window shot!|
|Suburban Massachusetts in a nutshell...|
|Pulling out of Island Creek.|
|And now we get into the "dark and blurry" portion of the review...|
|Oh look...a marsh...I think...|
|Oh boy, a blurry road!|
|The sign for the senior center.|
|Looking across a marsh at some seaside houses.|
|Coming out of Winslow Village.|
|Welcome to Marshfield Center!|
|A Christmas tree ad? Yeah, I rode this route a while ago...|
|Wait, don't leave us here!!!|
Ridership: Okay, in terms of overall ridership, the route isn't bad for GATRA - 142 riders per weekday and 77 on Saturdays. But then when you factor in how long the route is, that's only a little over 4 passengers per hour! Not so great anymore, is it? My trip was empty, for the record.
Pros: Well, uh, it definitely serves a lot. When a route is 25 miles long, it's definitely gonna...serve a lot. And it runs as frequently as you would expect it to - every hour on weekdays and every hour and a half on Saturdays.
Cons: It's...it's 25 miles long! In order to run that 60 minute service on weekdays, it takes three buses! Doesn't that seem a little ridiculous? And the fact that it gets very little ridership is even worse. Wanna know how much it costs GATRA to run? $17.39 per passenger on weekdays and $19.03 per passenger on Saturdays. Man, I'm so happy I found their subsidy data...
Nearby and Noteworthy: Certainly lots of malls. Also, some rather scenic views if you ride during the daytime!
Final Verdict: 3/10
Okay, the SAIL doesn't not get people, but its problem is that it's too long to be at all efficient. The later trips don't seem to get anyone, if ours is to be judged, and it requires a lot of buses to run. GATRA actually has plans to split the route into two, which I think would definitely be beneficial. Are they actually gonna do it? I guess we'll just have to find out...
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