The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) was created in 1976 to develop, finance, and contract for the operations of mass transportation facilities and services within an ever-expanding area, which includes 29 diverse communities stretching from Southern Norfolk County and Northern Bristol County, all the way to Plymouth County and the South Shore.
Over the years, GATRA has had a long-standing tradition of providing quality transportation services geared to improve the quality of life and assist customers in becoming more transportation independent.
Today, GATRA oversees operations of fixed route bus services in the cities of Attleboro and Taunton, and the towns of Duxbury, Kingston, Marshfield, Middleborough, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Seekonk, and Wareham. GATRA also provides same day, on-demand, and accessible curb-to-curb service, called GATRA GO, that is open to everyone in the towns of Franklin, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norfolk, Norton, Pembroke, Plymouth, Scituate, and Wrentham.
All 29 member communities have demand response (Dial-A-Ride) services for people with disabilities and seniors.
As part of its fixed-route, GATRA GO, and paratransit services, GATRA plays a vital role in facilitating connections to MBTA stations that provide commuter rail service to Boston in the city of Attleboro and the towns of Bellingham, Foxborough, Franklin, Kingston, Norfolk, Norton, Mansfield, Medway, Middleborough/Lakeville, Pembroke (Hanson), Scituate, and Wareham.
A Brief History:
In 1976, GATRA was created by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 161B as a body politic and corporate and political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. According to the statute, regional transit authorities cannot operate service directly, but instead must contract with private operators for the provision of service.
All GATRA vehicles are wheelchair accessible and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All drivers of GATRA buses are trained to operate the lifts and can accommodate people with disabilities. To view a complete year-by-year history of GATRA click here.
GATRA Facts at a Glance
|Number of Communities Served:||29|
|Number of Fixed Routes:||21 fixed routes and 3 intercity routes|
|Number of GATRA GO (on-demand microtransit) Services||4 service areas|
|Service Miles Covered Per Year:||1,692,683|
|Size of Fleet:||– 44 Fixed Route Buses|
– 71 Demand Response Vans
– 3 Accessible Taxis
– 7 Intercity Buses
– 2 Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses
All GATRA vehicles are wheelchair accessible and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
|Types of Service:||– Fixed Route Service|
– On-demand Microservice (GATRA GO)
– Demand Response (Dial-A-Ride)
|Administrator:||Mary Ellen A. DeFrias, Administrator|
|Headquarters:||10 Oak Street, Second Floor|
Taunton, MA 02780
Toll Free: 1-800-483-2500
508-823-8828 in Taunton
978-795-4404 in Plymouth/Wareham
* From 2017 Annual Report; includes annual ridership figures for fixed route, demand response, and Human Services Brokerage combined.