|Gift of the Wind.|
|The long escalator.|
|I figured my own picture was necessary, even if it isn't that good.|
Ridership: Locals and shoppers heading to the mall next to the station. It's also close to parts of Lesley university, though it doesn't have the throngs of students like Harvard station does.
Pros: It serves some important apartments and businesses along Mass Ave. Also, the station itself is really nice, with some top-notch artwork. Plus, the escalator ride alone is worth a look, as is the pedestrian walkway down to the Commuter Rail.
Cons: The Commuter Rail platform is a bit drab, without much shelter. The bus situation can also be annoying, with only a shelter (and that's with only the 77 and 96).
Nearby and Noteworthy: The most prominent location is the Porter Square Shopping Center. This mall has such stores as:
- Porter Square Books, a great, independant bookstore
- Henry Bear's Park, a toy store for the kiddies
- Michaels, an arts and crafts store my mother loves
Final Verdict (1-10): 8
There are so many great locations nearby, and it's a nice station overall. A proper busway would be nice, though there's no room to put one. Also, the Commuter Rail platform could use some sprucing up. Despite these cons, it's a great station.
Latest MBTA News: On March 23-24, the Green Line B Branch will operate shuttle buses between Babcock Street and Boston College stations for rail work. Also, due to construction on the Cross Street Bridge, buses 80 and 90 will be omitting Cross Street (entirely for the 80, between McGrath Highway and Pearl Street for the 90).