|Okay, so the platform isn't actually that great.|
|A nice glass hallway.|
|The main mezzanine.|
|Oh, yeah, I can totally tell that's a train station.|
|And the second entrance.|
|Well doesn't that scream structural integrity?|
|A much smaller mezzanine.|
|A train coming over the hill south of the station.|
|A Braintree train zipping past!|
Ridership: This is the second-worst Red Line station for ridership, with only 2,440 riders per weekday. It narrowly beats out the worst Red Line station, Shawmut, by 29 people. And like Shawmut, Savin Hill is a very local station, which is probably why its ridership is so low.
Pros: Overall, the aesthetics here are great. Aside from the platform (and even that doesn't look bad, per se, just bland), this station looks fantastic. I love how much natural light gets into the mezzanines, as well.
Cons: This doesn't bother me too much, but it's worth noting that there aren't any official bus connections here (though the 18 is only a few blocks away). What does bother me is the fact that this station has literally zero signage. Seriously, just stick a T logo somewhere in the general vicinity of Savin Hill and that'll be better than the current situation. Also, we can't forget about the Rotting Staircase of Despair in the Sidney Street entrance.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Heading west from the station there are a few local restaurants to find, including the Savin Bar and Kitchen, which I thought looked pretty good.
Final Verdict: 6/10
Maybe I take aesthetics too seriously. I mean, functionality is ultimately more important than how a station looks, isn't it? While I'm gonna keep on hating Prudential, the above statement certainly applies here. I think Savin Hill looks great, but you can't forget about the lack of signage or the rotting staircase. Seriously, fix that staircase.
Latest MBTA News: Service Updates
Finally, there are proper countdown clocks on the Green Line! Yes, the D Line stops in Brookline now have screens telling you when the next train is arriving.