Thursday, December 1, 2016

West Roxbury

Alright, let's finish up the Needham Line! Let's do it! WOOOOOOOOOOOO! WEST ROXBURY IN DA HOUSEEEEEEEEEE!

The station parking lot.
There's a nice little road that leads up to the West Roxbury parking lot from Lagrange Street. The lot has 62 spaces, and that's a good amount for a small neighborhood station like this. For pedestrians, meanwhile, stairs lead up onto both sides of the track crossing over Lagrange. There was bridge construction when Sam and I were here, so it made it a bit harder to get around.

The station shelter.
West Roxbury's shelter is veryyyyy typical for the Needham Line. Is it newer? Check. Is it in ugly shape, despite being newer? Check. There's a bench underneath it, as well as a wastebasket, but what's interesting is the presence of a separate bike shelter right on the platform. That's a nice touch!

Wow, this platform is beautiful!
Heading down the single platform, you pass an old "honor box", a few wastebaskets, a map, a screen, and some ads. Also, you see some beautiful trees - this station has some gorgeous foliage. Finally, there are two more entrances by the end of the parking lot. One is a path that runs alongside the lot to the south, while the other is a staircase that leads to a side street on the other side.

The sun pokes through the trees onto this rather terrible mini-high.
Oh yeah...I forgot that all the Needham Line mini-high platforms are horrible. Typical to the rest of the line, the one at West Roxbury is only a tiny shelter at the very end. There's no bench - only a single wastebasket. What's more, it's a long walk from the station's proper shelter to the high platform, so you might as well stand at the latter, since that's where you have to board!

Man, this is a great place to take pictures of trains!
Station: West Roxbury

Ridership: West Roxbury's ridership is about average for the Needham Line as a whole, with 409 inbound riders per weekday. This is still pretty good, though, considering that there are three frequent bus alternatives from here, and that the station is really close to Highland.

Pros: Maybe it's because I came here on a fall day, but this station's foliage is just beautiful! Other than that, it performs all the expected functions of a Needham Line station, including a good amount of car and bike spaces.

Cons: As usual, it's a ridiculously long walk to the high-level platform, and that platform has a lot to be desired. Come on, Needham Line! All your stations have this problem!

Nearby and Noteworthy: You can find some small businesses from here by making the short walk to Centre Street, West Roxbury's main drag.

Final Verdict: 8/10
Well, I gave Highland an 8, and West Roxbury is pretty similar. Although Highland's mini-high walk isn't as bad as the one here, West Roxbury strikes back in the beauty department. Don't get me wrong, both stations are lovely, but West Roxbury is at least equally tranquil to Highland. Plus, this station gets more riders!

Latest MBTA News: Service Updates

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RIPTA: 19 (Plainfield/Westminster)

Okay...I know Walmart contributed to the destruction of American cities and brought everyone out to the suburbs and represents everything wrong with American consumerism and whatnot...but man, they really have everything, don't they? And for such low prices! The Walmart in Johnston, RI was the first one I had ever been in, and...wow, what an experience! But then I remembered what Walmart did to America and went right back to hating it. Anyway, did you know that there's also a bus that goes to the Walmart in Johnston, RI? Let's talk about that.

Yes, it's the 19! Also, don't ask what my friend Michael and I were doing in Johnston at 6:00 at night.
This route is basically as simple as running from this Walmart in Johnston back to Providence. So yeah - we headed out of the parking lot and turned onto Plainfield Pike. The road went downhill, playing host to both houses and suburban businesses with parking lots. There was a brief residential neighborhood before we got to the intersection with Atwood Ave, where there was retail on all sides.

An earlier trip speeding along Plainfield Pike.
Past that intersection, the road became just Plainfield Street, and it had a bit of an industrial feel. I mean, there were houses and businesses, too, but it just wasn't a very nice neighborhood. It became entirely residential soon, but it was all broken by a storage place - a clear sign that we were in the suburbs. Unfortunately, it was also the start of another semi-industrial section.

Beautiful.
Once again, though, it became houses after a little while. Eventually, we reached a park. where we turned onto...Plainfield Street. Okay, I guess the street decided to take a right, too. Now it was dense, with a lot of houses along the road, interspersed with sketchy-looking restaurants.

Oh dear, that is not a nice intersection...
Pocasset Ave merged into Plainfield Street near an apartment building, and we headed under an overpass for Route 6. This took us into Olneyville Square, where we merged into Westminster Street. There were businesses along the road as we headed through the square, then we crossed over the Commuter Rail tracks and under Route 10 in quick succession.

A few businesses.
The street was a close mix between houses and random businesses. It continued like that for a good while, actually, before we merged with Cranston Street - now there was a high school and an apartment building on one side, and multistoried brick buildings on the other. We crossed over I-95, then made our way onto Washington Street. We were most definitely in downtown Providence now, with multistoried buildings on all sides. This street led us right into Kennedy Plaza, where the bus let everyone off.

Those buildings make for a rather pleasant background.
RIPTA Route: 19 (Plainfield/Westminster)

Ridership: In 2012, the 19 got pretty good ridership, with 1,541 riders per weekday, 980 per Saturday, and 754 per Sunday. Most of these came from the denser part of the route, but a lot of people got on at Walmart, too. This held true for my trip, which only got about 10-15 people, but it was an inbound trip on a Saturday night, so that makes sense.

Pros: This is one of two buses that runs through Johnston, so it serves a lot. The Walmart out in Johnston seems to be a big ridership draw, and a few rush hour trips are extended to the Cranston Industrial Park, so the route definitely has reverse commuting opportunities.

Cons: Aside from the weekday schedule (every half hour), I think the 19 could stand to run a little more often. On Saturdays, it's every 50 minutes and on Sundays, it's every 70 minutes. That said, the route is coordinated pretty well with the 17 to provide frequent service along Westminster Street to Olneyville Square, so there's that.

Nearby and Noteworthy: When I told my band teacher (who's from Rhode Island) that I took the bus through Olneyville Square, he went "Oh my gosh, that's the most dangerous neighborhood in Rhode Island! You don't want to be hanging around there!" So, uh...don't go to Olneyville Square, I guess. But hey, there'll always be Walmart!

Final Verdict: 7/10
I was originally going to give this one a 6, but the coordination with the 17 brings it up for me. Most of the 19's ridership is concentrated on the inner section, and a lot of it is shared with the 17 anyway, so service is more frequent than it looks. That's not to say that people don't take the route further, and I would love to see more frequent service out in Johnston, but it would just result in less-crowded buses.

Latest MBTA News: Service Updates

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Talbot Ave

When the MBTA was upgrading the Fairmount Line, Talbot Ave was the first new station to open, in late 2012. And, uh, I realized that I've been really harsh on the Fairmount Line stations I've reviewed so far. Yes, the line itself isn't the greatest, but the stations really aren't quite as bad as I've say they are. So, with that in mind, let's look at Talbot Ave.

The station platform.
The main part of Talbot Ave's platform is pretty standard Fairmount Line fare, but I like it. There's a large shelter that runs along the southern part of the station, and underneath it, you've got benches and wastebaskets. Plus, many of the station signs have cool historical pictures of the area.

The other end of the platform, as well as a train in the background!
However, unlike most Commuter Rail stations, the rest of Talbot Ave's platform is not bare! It has a few shelters along the whole thing, which is pretty nice and makes the station seem more hospitable. Indeed, the whole place is rather tranquil...until you see the broken glass in the shelters and remember what kind of neighborhood you're in.

The station drop-off area.
One of my favorite parts of Talbot Ave is at the entrance to the inbound platform along its namesake street. That's right, the station actually has a drop-off area and a parking lot! Okay, so "parking lot" means two spaces that are for people with disabilities only, but it's still really nice to see in the middle of such a dense area. There are also some bike racks here, and then a long but mostly sheltered ramp up to the platform.

Well, this is convoluted...
Meanwhile, the outbound side has another crazy ramp that twists and turns on itself a few times before finally making it up to the platform. Like other Fairmount Line stations, I really wish there was a convenient set of stairs, too. Talbot Ave (the street, that is) is where this station's bus connection is - the 22 gets a shelter on the inbound direction and a bench heading outbound.

The Standish Street entrance, featuring some graffiti.
Finally, Talbot Ave has two additional entrances on its northern side, one on each platform, that lead to quieter residential neighborhoods. They're both pretty simple, with T logos and signs at each one. plus some more bike racks on the Norwell Street side. However, there's no way to cross between platforms here, so you have to go around the whole station if you're trying to get a train in the other direction.

Two trains meeting!
Heading towards Boston.

Station: Talbot Ave

Ridership: Well, in 2013, this station got an average of only 82 inbound riders per weekday, but I do hope that number's gone up since then. I mean...it's the Fairmount Line, so it's hard to have high ridership expectations.

Pros: The station certainly tries to look and feel pleasant, and for the most part it succeeds. It's weird that it manages to be as tranquil as it is, considering it's not in the safest neighborhood. Also, Talbot Ave has a good amount of bike spaces, and even a few automobile spaces, which is a great inclusion. Finally, the platform offers shelter and seating the whole way down.

Cons: The broken glass all over the place is definitely an indication of what kind of area the station is located in. Aside from that, it would be great if there was a way to connect between the two northern entrances. Perhaps a pedestrian tunnel? Although I imagine that would be more expensive than it's worth. Finally, the ramps down to Talbot Ave itself are really long...stair alternatives would be nice, although again, cost could be an issue there.

Nearby and Noteworthy: The surroundings of this station are mostly residential, so there isn't much to see. It's not the best neighborhood, anyway...

Final Verdict: 6/10
Okay, in terms of the station itself, the only problems are the ramps and the lack of a connection between the northern entrances. So what lowers it down to a 6? Well, the broken glass is ugly, dangerous, and could put people waiting on edge. Plus, there's the fact that Talbot Ave just deserves to have rapid transit service, as does the rest of the Fairmount Line. I wish I was reviewing an "Indigo Line" station right now!

Latest MBTA News: Service Updates

Monday, November 28, 2016

240 (Avon Square or Holbrook/Randolph Commuter Rail Station - Ashmont Station via Crawford Square, Randolph)

So many MBTA bus riders demand that their routes get more service, whether they're deserving of it or not. Well, here's a route where those complaints are definitely justified. It seems like the 240 is always packed, no matter what time of day it is. Why could that be? There's only one way to find out...

The 240 inching its way past the BAT.
After the huge crowd at Ashmont boarded the bus (and believe me, it took a while), we left the busway and headed down Dorchester Ave. It was lined with houses for a bit until we passed Carney Hospital, and later on there were businesses as we entered the Lower Mills neighborhood. There was a nice view of some repurposed factories as we turned onto River Street.

Lower Mills is such a cool neighborhood!
River Street had some houses and some businesses, but we didn't stay on it for long. Soon, we turned onto Central Ave, crossing the Neponset River and connecting with the Mattapan Line. Beyond there, the street became all residential, aside from a very fleeting view of a nice little pond.

The pond is just around that house.
Outside of a middle school, we merged onto Reedsdale Road, now joined by the 245. It was still lined with houses, but there were points of interest unseen from the road: a fire station, Milton's town hall, and a hospital were all located on side streets. Next to a church, the 245 headed its own way while we turned onto Randolph Ave.

A side street.
Houses were still the principal buildings, but they were a lot further apart, and the woods basically dominated the east side of the road. We passed a golf course, and then houses lined the street again for a time. However, soon after going by a few farms, that was it - we were heading through the Blue Hills Reservation in Quincy with trees on both sides.

What a pretty driveway!
There wasn't much of note for a while, but once we made it past a traffic snag, the bus was going fast! We went through a gigantic cloverleaf interchange with I-93, and beyond there, we were in Randolph. The street was called North Main Street now, and we were back in civilization.

A shopping plaza.
There were a few gross parking lots and hotels immediately past the interchange, but it was houses again beyond there. This became retail pretty soon after - indeed, the street was lined with businesses. A little later it became more of a mix, with housing developments or just plain ol' houses coming between the businesses.

Well! It's a man on a key! Okay!
Eventually, we reached another shopping plaza. And then another. And one more! Yes, we were in Crawford Square, and shopping plazas with parking lots seemed to be popular, though there were also some normal businesses lined up along the street. On weekends, this is where many trips terminate, while on weekdays, some trips follow the 238 down Union Street to Holbrook/Randolph Station. However, we were on the full route to Avon, so instead we merged onto South Main Street.

A side street in Crawford Square.
We went by a few municipal buildings and businesses before it became mostly residential again. Some telephone wires crossed over the road and we passed a tennis court, and later on, we went through a brief industrial section. Soon after that, we entered Avon, and arrived at our terminus pretty quickly from there, The driver pulled into the front drive of a church and let us off at a BAT shelter. It was a weird place to end, for sure...

The bus pulling away toward Ashmont.
Ah, but you thought that was it, didn't you? Nope - the 240 has another trick up its sleeve. You see, it has a total of eight trips (seven on weekdays and one on Saturdays), inbound only, that run express to Quincy Center. Yup, you heard me right! So Nathan, Sam, and I waited in Avon to catch one of these strange runs, and indeed, the only one that starts in Avon - the others are from Crawford Square.

"VIA N. RANDOLPH"??? No, I missed "Quincy Center"! ARGHHHHHH!
It was the same scenery as before, up until North Randolph, back at that huge highway interchange with I-93. Instead of passing through it, we took that exit and merged right into...traffic. Okay, there was a bit of an accident on the highway, but eventually we passed it and started actually running quickly.

At least traffic allows for somewhat non-blurry pictures.
So, what kind of amazing things were there to see? Not much at first - the highway was just running through woods. However, there was still a really cool novelty factor of being on an MBTA bus travelling down southern I-93! Eventually, we got to see some office parks, which was...not particularly exciting.

A building (after we left the highway).
We arrived at the Braintree Split, taking the exit and going on Route 3 for just a tiny bit before merging off. We ended up on Thomas E. Burgin Parkway, going right past Quincy Adams, actually! The Parkway became its own little "express" road soon after that, travelling next to the Red Line tracks without any intersections.

What a beautiful parking lot.
We rose up to ground level again and passed a few shopping centers. After that, we only had to pass a few houses before we got to Quincy Center - the drop-off busway to the west of the station. And with that, the bus headed off to go back home to Quincy Garage.

Not in service, unfortunately...I was hoping to get a picture of it signed as the 240.
Route: 240 (Avon Square or Holbrook/Randolph Commuter Rail Station - Ashmont Station via Crawford Square, Randolph)

Ridership: Very, very high. The route gets 2,912 riders per weekday, 1,640 per Saturday, and 912 per Sunday. Those numbers may not seem too large for the T, but since the 240 doesn't run as often as other routes, it's very often packed. My rush-hour trip squeezed about 50-60 people on board, and the route is frequent at rush hour!

Pros: The 240 serves a lot. A lot. The North Main Street corridor in Randolph is huge, and it's where most of the ridership goes. Also, I understand that the schedule tries its best to alleviate crowding for the most part - the route is anywhere from every 10-20 minutes during rush hour, and every half hour during the day and on Saturdays.

Cons: But the route is always so crowded. It doesn't help that it runs every 70 minutes at night and every 75 minutes on Sundays. There are also some problems with schedule intervals - on Saturdays, for example, inbound buses at Crawford Square depart on the :00 and on the :20. That means there's a 20 minute gap in service, then a 40 minute gap. I understand that this discrepancy is because the route is interlined with the 238, but it would be great if the intervals were more consistent.

Nearby and Noteworthy: Mayyyyyyybe Crawford Square, but even that doesn't seem to be too interesting. Avon Square has a historical building, I think.

Final Verdict: 6/10
The 240 tries its best, it really does - it just can't seem to satiate its crowds. Also, it doesn't try at all at night. Or on Sundays. But anyway, this is a lifeline route to Randolph, and seeing how many people use it, it would really benefit from more service, if possible. A good start would just be to even out headways on Saturday inbound service, as well as midday outbound service. Oh, and also, those Quincy express trips are fun if you ever get the chance to take one.

Latest MBTA News: Service Updates

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Swampscott

Ahhhhh, Swampscott: a town known for its seaside location and tranquility. Does that mean that its Commuter Rail station has beautiful seaside views and charming houses nearby? No? Why not? Ohhhh, okay...when they say "Swampscott", they really mean "Yeah, the station is technically in Swampscott, but it's literally right next to the Lynn border." So...this place may not be as nice as I thought it would be...

One of the station's parking lots.
Considering that Swampscott Station is in the middle of a dense residential area, it has a pretty impressive amount of parking. There are lots on both the north and south sides of the tracks, adding up to 133 spaces, which get about two-thirds filled on weekdays. The south side of the station features a few bike spaces, as well as some newspaper boxes.

Looking down the platform.
The station itself is...kinda terrible, actually. First, I'll address the building, which is somewhat charming, but the rest of the surroundings just drag it down. I mean, the platform is really bare with ugly metal barriers and a gross chain link fence across the tracks (which makes it unnecessarily hard to get to the other side of the station, for the record). There are no benches on the outbound side, while the inbound side has some under a generic Commuter Rail shelter.

Oh gosh...
And then we get to the mini-highs. Hooooo boy, the mini-highs. They are completely bare. Absolutely nothing. This presented problems with my train, and presumably many others: it was raining outside, so of course all the passengers were waiting under the shelter way down the platform. Once the train came, everyone had to walk to the mini-highs, which held everything up by at least a minute! The mini-highs are long - there's plenty of room for shelter and a bench!

An express train speeding through.
The local coming in.


Station: Swampscott

Ridership: Well, you can't say Swampscott doesn't get high ridership! On the average weekday, it gets 884 riders, making it the 26th-busiest station on the Commuter Rail. It's interesting to note how few of those people drive here - it's a dense neighborhood!

Pros: I know the station is called "Swampscott", but it's in a good location to also (and perhaps mainly) serve transit-dependent East Lynn. It offers a good amount of parking for the area, and I like the fact that it has a building, despite the fact that it doesn't serve much of a purpose.

Cons: Swampscott is uglyyyyyyyyy. Oh, don't get me wrong, parts of the town are very pretty indeed, but the station is not one of those places. From the concrete of the station embankments to the metal barriers to the chain link fences everywhere, waiting here isn't a pleasant experience. Of course, it's made even less pleasant by the fact that the mini-highs are both completely bare and far from the shelter.

Nearby and Noteworthy: Nothing much, to be honest. However, the ocean (not the beach, though) is about a 10 minute walk away, so maybe you'll find some stuff down there.

Final Verdict: 4/10
Swampscott serves a lot, but it sure ain't pretty or even functional whilst doing it. Bare mini-highs are a big MBTA pet peeve of mine, especially ones that are far from the station shelters, so Swampscott needs to get it together in that regard. Give your high-level platforms some shelter! As for the aesthetics, it's unlikely they'll get an upgrade anytime soon, so we're unfortunately stuck with them.

Latest MBTA News: Service Updates

Friday, November 25, 2016

424/424W (Eastern Ave and Essex Street - Haymarket Station or Wonderland Station via Highland Ave)

This is probably one of the strangest Lynn express routes, partly because it's only an express in the evening! That's right, the 424 only runs from downtown during the evening rush; in the morning rush, it gets cut back to Wonderland as the 424W. I took the full evening rush route, so we have a long trip ahead of us!

The bus at Haymarket.
We left the Haymarket busway and did the whole loop-the-loop shazam to get around onto I-93, then we took the exit into the Callahan Tunnel. I've always liked the Callahan and Sumner Tunnels, if only because they don't have that typical Big Dig-style tiling on the walls. We came out of the tunnel in East Boston, curving around up onto an elevated structure.

Wow, what a...great view...
After going by Airport Station on the highway, the view got a lot more industrial. Also, the road stopped being a "highway" pretty soon after that, and we started passing stops. However, the nice thing about the 424 is that it doesn't make the weird stops out here that the other express routes make, so that's a small plus (although I imagine very few people use the stops to begin with).

Oh nooooooooo...
We passed that point where the 120 joins the express routes for a block on its Waldemar loop, and then we went through more industrial wasteland (in heavy rush-hour traffic, of course). Mixed in with the huge random vats were some sketchy airport-related businesses. Next, the highway curved its way into Bell Circle, which is where we started making stops along with the other routes.

This area is so pretty and scenic, isn't it? NO.
The road entered some form of residential neighborhood, although the nature of the road certainly didn't make the area feel like a "neighborhood". Also, as we curved west, it got industrial once more before we merged onto Salem Turnpike at a rotary. This is always the best part of any Lynn express trip, where the bus gets to just zoom through open marshland at top speed!

Oh hey, it's a building!
The marshland was broken by a gigantic factory, then we crossed over a river into Lynn. The area was entirely industrial for a bit, including the MBTA West Lynn Garage, but eventually, the road (now called Western Ave) became lined with houses and businesses. Near a fire station, at the intersection with Market Square, a few routes turned off to serve Central Square, but we just stayed on Western Ave, whose scenery was still pretty similar.

Going by Lynn Garage.
We passed a Super Stop & Shop, and after that the surroundings became more residential. We did go by a baseball field at one point, and there were retail and industrial buildings at certain intersections, but it was houses for the most part. Finally, we reached Eastern Ave and turned onto it, breaking away from the 450 at last. Was it a unique section? No, we were running with the 456 now, but it was nice to have a change of scenery.

A side street from Eastern Ave.
Of course, "change of scenery" is a moot point, since the surroundings were essentially the same. We were still going by mostly houses, with the occasional businesses at some intersections. The difference was that it was a narrower, quieter street, and the bus was basically empty by this point. And then, at a random street stop...that was it. Last stop! Okay...

Welp...see ya.
Route: 424/424W (Eastern Ave and Essex Street - Haymarket Station or Wonderland Station via Highland Ave)

Ridership: Although the route only gets an average of 258 riders per day, you have to keep in mind that since it's rush hour only, the ridership per trip is much higher. My ride had about 25 people on board, most of whom got off along the shared section with the 450.

Pros: I don't have too much to say here, actually. Its role as a supplement to the 450 is good, as is the commuter-oriented schedule - five trips in the morning and four in the evening, spaced about half an hour apart.

Cons: Why the heck doesn't the route go downtown in the morning? Or conversely, why the heck doesn't the route start at Wonderland in the evening? Bottom line: BE CONSISTENT. My main gripe in this regard is if you have a commuter that relies on the 424W, perhaps for the lower fares. Well, what are they supposed to do in the evening? They have to pay the inner express fare on the 424 from downtown (which is kind of a joke anyway, considering the route is barely "express" once across the harbor), or take the 455 from Wonderland and change buses. Now isn't that a pain??

Nearby and Noteworthy: Do you like sketchy Lynn businesses? Great! There are plenty along here.

Final Verdict: 4/10
I like the 424's concept: it provides extra supplementary service to the 450. Great. However, its inconsistency between the morning and the evening rushes drives me crazy! Here's my proposal: just run all 424 buses to Wonderland. This would allow for a low-cost alternative for commuters who live along the 450 route, plus the shorter route could free up a few buses for the other packed Lynn routes. Win-win, I say!

Latest MBTA News: Service Updates

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

West Newton

Welp, we've finished the B Line, which had some truly horrible stations. As long as we're on this high (or low, I guess), we might as well complete another set of terrible stops: the Worcester Line Newton stations. I've done Newtonville and Auburndale, so now it's time to tackle the rotten meat of this disgusting sandwich, West Newton.

Oh nooooooo...
Yup, this being a Newton station, it's right next to the highway! The loud, noisy, fuming highway! Excellent. And guess what? It only has one platform! And since they were doing track work the day I came here, we had to get off on the wrong track, crossing to the platform via a boardwalk! We're off to a great start, aren't we?

This shelter is in fantastic shape, isn't it?
The shelter is a rotting, dilapidated mess. So basically, it's what you would expect from a Worcester Line Newton station! Yes, it's the classic I-90 shelter, with a few benches and a wastebasket underneath its rusting roof. There are some ads and torn-up schedules to see, as well.

One of the staircases leading out of the station.
The rest of the platform is basically bare, aside from a few more wastebaskets. So now, let's talk about the exits, which for some reason go underneath the dingy overpasses and then curve around back up! What is preventing the staircases from just rising up from before the bridges? What's more, they're the kind of staircases that you can see through as you climb! I'm just gonna quote my Auburndale review here: "Hope you're not afraid of heights!"

Ewwww...
Both entrances to the station offer the same...*ahem*..."amenities". That means a "Commuter Rail Station" sign, a station name sign, and in the case of the western one, a lone newspaper box. However, one thing this station does excel at is parking. It's got a total of 213 spaces, located in two...unsigned lots. And one of them is across a busy street from a station entrance. But hey, at least there's good parking!

A standard Commuter Rail train...
...and a little CSX locomotive passing through!


Station: West Newton

Ridership: This is the least-used Newton station, and actually the least-used station on the entire Worcester Line - it only gets 284 inbound riders per weekday. Strange, considering that it's the Newton station with the most parking.

Pros: Actually, yeah, the parking. And that's about it.

Cons: West Newton has all your typical I-90 station cons. It only has one platform, the shelter on that platform is horrible, and the noise of the highway is constant. I also hate how the staircases go from the other side of the bridges and loop around - that's so stupid! It's dingy under those bridges, man!

Nearby and Noteworthy: Nearby Washington Street has plenty of businesses and restaurants, including a local cinema!

Final Verdict: 2/10
Overall, much like the arrangement of the stations themselves, I would slot West Newton in between Auburndale and Newtonville. It has a decent fence, unlike Auburndale, but it still has horrible staircases, unlike Newtonville. The decent amount of parking is ultimately what brings this up to a 2 for me, since it's hard to find parking in such a dense area, anyway.

Latest MBTA News: Service Updates
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