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 28 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, Foxborough, Franklin, Kingston, Mansfield, Marshfield, Middleborough, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Seekonk, Wareham, and Wrentham.
All 28 member communities have demand response (Dial-A-Ride) services for people with disabilities and seniors. In 2014, GATRA launched a new tri-town bus route that serves the MCI facilities, the MBTA station in Norfolk, and Patriot Place in Foxborough.
In addition to its various fixed-route and paratransit services, GATRA also plays a vital role in the provision of commuter rail service to Boston by providing shuttle services to MBTA stations in the towns of Bellingham, Franklin, Norfolk, Norton, Mansfield, Medway, Middleborough, Pembroke, and in 2015, Scituate.
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.
Among the private sector companies under contract with GATRA are: Professional Transit Management (PTM), Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Co., Kiessling Transit, Inc., and Bill’s Taxi Service, Inc. (A&A Metro Transportation).
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:||28|
|Number of Fixed Routes:||26 fixed routes, 5 intercity routes, and 6 MBTA shuttle services|
|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|
– Demand Response (Dial-A-Ride)
– Shuttle Service to Commuter Rail
|Administrator:||Mary Ellen A. DeFrias, Administrator|
|Headquarters:||10 Oak Street, Second Floor|
Taunton, MA 02780
Toll Free: 1-800-483-2500
TDD users 508-824-7439
508-483-2500 in Attleboro
508-823-8828 in Taunton
978-795-4404 in Wareham
978-393-4404 in Plymouth
* From 2017 Annual Report; includes annual ridership figures for fixed route, demand response, and Human Services Brokerage combined.