This is one of the only (if not the only) above ground Green Line station with actual CharlieCard gates and trains opening all doors instead of just the front. However, there seemed to be no employees on duty at the station when I went (around 1:30 on a weekday), and there was a random rolling chair sitting around that someone could've easily stolen. Riverside is also the location of Pluto in the Museum of Science Community Solar System. Finally, it has a massive parking lot with 925 spaces.
|The parking lot.|
|The fare area.|
|Beautiful! I love this picture!|
Ridership: This is a very commuter-heavy station. What with the massive parking lot, as well as the convenient location right next to I-95, this station screams "commuters." In general, I think most people drive to this station even if it's close by - that parking lot was packed.
Pros: This is probably the best above ground Green Line station there is. It actually feels like it could be a heavy rail station, especially because it has actual fare gates. This is also heaven for anyone who likes transit, vintage train cars, or just trainspotting. This is a massive yard complex, and you won't be disappointed. I also really like the Go Bus office, as it makes Riverside one of the only MBTA stations with both food and bathrooms.
Cons: This station has an air of neglect to me. From the random rolling chair sitting around to the detached bike rack to the beehive in the assistance box, it seems like an employee hasn't looked around the station in years. It also gets more and more forgotten the further you get from the station proper. The station proper is very nice, as I said before. Then you get to the busway, which has the excellent but slightly hidden Go Bus office, although no shelters. Then there's a stretch of sidewalk and a big bin for recycling paper (a popular spot for bees) where it seems no one has gone since the 20th century. Then there are the forgotten bus shelters, the random work vehicle on a platform, and from there on empty asphalt sprinkled with sand...
Nearby and Noteworthy: No offence to anyone who lives out here, but Riverside is in the middle of nowhere. There's a golf course to the east, housing and a small office park to the north, a massive highway interchange to the west, and the "Hotel Indigo" directly to the south. Now don't get me wrong, $119 a night is insanely cheap and it looks like a nice hotel, but the website tries way too hard to hide the fact that it's in the middle of nowhere. "...our Newton MA hotel is minutes from Logan International Airport..." Fantastic.
Final Verdict: 8/10 if you like transit, 5/10 otherwise
Bottom line, if you like transit then you should definitely pay a visit here. The yard is very interesting, especially if you poke around the more neglected parts of the station. That brings me to my next point: the station seems almost forgotten, and although the station proper is nice, the rest is pretty awful. And even the station proper has signs of neglect, such as the rolling chair.or the beehive. However, I do really like how this station has those fare gates; that's a major plus for the Green Line.
Latest MBTA News: Service Alerts
New Red Line and Orange Line cars are being ordered! They could possibly have LED maps that tell you where the train is, "if the price is right." I personally hope they're implemented in the cars. Also, it's official: the Silver Line is being extended to Chelsea! The extension should hopefully take pressure off the 111 bus.