So…”Man-Mar Drive” in Plainville. Scenery: a bunch of sketchy-looking businesses inside dated shopping plaza buildings with big parking lots out front. Facilities: a faded old “GATRA Bus Stop” sign bolted to a telephone pole. Morale: low, because the 14 is late and I just want to get out of here!
|Wow, talk about preemptive door opening!|
|A wide ol’ road.|
|The businesses at South Street.|
|A side street. No one said the retail was interesting…|
|A would-be leafy intersection.|
|The bus…from above.|
Ridership: For GATRA standards, the 14 is a decent route. It gets 147 riders per weekday and 67 on Saturdays, which is about 6-7 riders per trip. Mine only had two other people, but…uh…maybe it was an off day.
Pros: Plainville has just one bus, and that’s the 14. It comes at a handy frequency of every hour, Mondays through Saturdays, and it also serves such attractions as Triboro Plaza and North Attleboro Center. Also, the 14 and the 10 combine to provide half-hourly service to both those places, which is a nice use of resources.
Cons: I’ve realized that this is kind of an Attleboro thing, but the 14 seems to get late far more often than any bus should be. I think this is because of the way they interline routes more than anything, but regardless, it’s annoying. Also, in typical GATRA Attleboro fashion, this route doesn’t get enough time. On Saturdays, for example, they give it 18 minutes from end to end, a trip that usually takes 24 minutes…by car. So yeah, it’s basically guaranteed to be late!
Finally, Man-Mar Drive? That’s where we end the route? Just about 7 minutes up Route 152, there’s a sizeable shopping plaza with a Target and a Stop & Shop, and more importantly, Plainridge Park Casino. I’m sure those would both be huge ridership draws! Sure, this route doesn’t get enough time anyway, but GATRA needs to extend the time of its Attleboro routes anyway. They could use interlining to make things every hour. But that’s a project for another day…
Nearby and Noteworthy: As far as the independent section goes, the 14 really doesn’t serve that much. All it has are some random shopping plazas around Man-Mar Drive.
Final Verdict: 4/10
I mean, if it’s guaranteed to be late, its score can’t be all that high, can it? Not only that, but the route in Plainville doesn’t really serve any high-ridership places. Extending it to the mall and the casino would likely attract a ton of new people to the route! GATRA’s Attleboro schedules would need to be shifted around if that change was made, but truth be told, this isn’t the only route that doesn’t get enough time.
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