|It's not much, is it?|
|Here's a look at the construction that was going on.|
|One of the MBTA's leased locomotives passing under Route 1.|
|Another train, this one heading to Boston.|
Ridership: I was here on a Sunday, and there were way more people going outbound than inbound. Indeed, I was the only person that got on the Boston train, while people who had missed the previous outbound train would have to wait for quite a while longer. I will say that most of the outbound passengers were asking if the train was going to Lynn, so maybe something was going on there that day. Regardless, this station gets low inbound ridership, with only 179 passengers per weekday.
Pros: I would say the only thing the current Chelsea has going for it is location. It's much closer to Bellingham Square (pretty much downtown Chelsea) than the new location will be, and that means it has more bus connections.
Cons: Honestly, this station has always been subpar. The outbound platform has always been a slab of asphalt anyway, and the inbound shelter is decrepit. The station isn't wheelchair accessible, and it generally has this industrial, gritty feel. Plus, there's the fact that trains spill out into the level crossing because the platform isn't long enough. Oh, and did I mention how noisy Route 1 is?
Nearby and Noteworthy: Nearby Bellingham Square has a lot of businesses and restaurants, but I believe that area can be a bit sketchy. Go at your own risk, I guess?
Final Verdict: 3/10
If I didn't have the knowledge that Chelsea Station was being moved, I would probably still say that the MBTA needs to start from the ground up. I mean, this station is really horrible. The new station should hopefully be wheelchair accessible and feature more amenities. The only thing about the current Chelsea that's good is the location, but hopefully the new one will feature a parking lot (something else the current one lacks) so people can get there easily. But as for this Chelsea Station? I think it's time to say goodbye.
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