Frankly, Bowdoin seems like a rather pointless station. It's a little over a thousand feet away from Government Center, a four minute walk. Why couldn't the original builders have gone the extra half-mile, so we could've had a Charles/MGH transfer to the Blue Line? Alas, they didn't, and we're stuck with Bowdoin. Nonetheless, it's about a 10 minute walk, so my father and I decided to go on foot from Charles/MGH to avoid the annoying downtown transfer (change to the Green or Orange Lines, then change to the Blue Line, then take it back to Bowdoin). The station has only one entrance, and that's a weird triangle slab sticking out of the ground that doesn't even look like a train station from a distance.
|Not the most beautiful entrance in the world.|
|Opening the train doors.|
|The new train contrasts with the oldness of the station.|
Ridership: It seemed to be receiving a steady stream of people when we were there, around 3:00 or 4:00. I'm assuming that some people probably use this station to avoid the inevitable crowds at Government Center and State.
Pros: It's a very unique station, in part because of the loop, but mostly because of the "open door" buttons. It's also nice how the MBTA put up signs that tell you how to use the buttons.
Cons: It's just such a dated station. There's only one entrance that doesn't look like an entrance, the paint is peeling, and it's a very drab station in general. Plus, it's insanely close to Government Center.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Seemed like a bunch of buildings to me. There seemed to be a large tent nearby, but we didn't investigate. Anyone know something that's close?
Final Verdict: 5
Unfortunately, the drabness of this station has forced me to downgrade its rating a bit. Nonetheless, it is a very unique station that I would recommend if you have a free weekday. It's possibly the most interesting station on the system.
Latest MBTA News: Shuttle buses are replacing the entire Red Line Ashmont branch (JFK/UMASS to Ashmont) this weekend (April 27-28). That is all.