|The inbound entrance.|
|Hmm...that road there...I'm not sure if it's in the best condition...|
|Some of the station parking.|
|The outbound boarding platform.|
|The low-level part of the platform.|
|A train was leaving right when I was coming to the Fairmount Ave entrance, so I had to quickly snap this picture from above.|
Ridership: In fairness, this is the second-busiest station on the Fairmount Line. That said, it's the Fairmount Line, so that doesn't mean much. This station gets an average of 188 inbound riders per weekday, and I believe many of those people come in by foot. That's based on the fact that the parking lot really doesn't get much usage at all.
Pros: Well, speaking of the parking lot, it's great that there is one, even if it's not utilized by many people - better safe than sorry. In addition, I think this might be the only Fairmount Line station with any form of character. I mean, the red shelters over the platforms look better than any of the bland stuff you'll get further north.
Cons: The only problem I have with this station is the lack of a level crossing for pedestrians. For example, if someone wants to get dropped off on the inbound side, the two options are using the treacherous 3rd New Way, or using 2nd New Way and crossing over via two sets of stairs.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The businesses of Logan and Cleary Squares are only a few blocks from this station - it's a short walk.
Final Verdict: 8/10
The absence of a level crossing isn't enough to deter Fairmount! Honestly, it's probably just for safety that crossing the tracks is prohibited. That said, if safety is an issue, then 3rd New Way has to be improved, because...whoof, that's a scary road. Of course, 2nd New Way is a fine alternative, and that street leads to the parking lot, too. Besides, Fairmount's platform is pretty nice and accessible for people with disabilities. I haven't traversed the whole Fairmount Line yet, but I think this is my favorite station on it so far.
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