I've always thought the station entrance is fairly far from the Aquarium, and it kind of is. That's not to say that a three minute walk is very long, but there's no direct entrance into the aquarium. Consider Prudential Station, which although everything else about it is horrible, does boast a direct connection to the Prudential Center. But Aquarium is so much better than Prudential, and not just because it doesn't have a bunch of random pipes on the ceiling.
|The entrance closest to the actual aquarium.|
|It's a bit more decked out than the other one, for sure.|
|The very quiet mezzanine.|
|You gotta love that ceiling. Sorry there weren't any train pictures in this one - all of my attempts were really blurry.|
Ridership: Although all of my friends seem to have used it at some point or another, the overall ridership for the station isn't too great. Only about 4500 people use the station on a typical weekday, according to the MBTA Blue Book. Perhaps it's because of its proximity to the next station, State? It's only a fifth of a mile away, after all. Nonetheless, I'm sure most of the people who use this station - yes, you guessed it - head for the aquarium.
Pros: Aesthetically, this station is top-notch. Everything from the simple but effective entrances to the perfect symmetry of the platform entrances (and the platform itself) to that amazing ceiling look amazing.
Cons: It's too bad that the station remains somewhat far from the aquarium, at least for tourists who don't know where to go. Also, the one-way escalators are irksome, but it's not too bad. Finally, the only bus connection is the 4, which runs weekdays-only.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Take a guess.
Final Verdict: 8/10
I love the look and feel of this station so much. But think of how much more convenient it would be if there was an underground walkway leading right to the aquarium. It wouldn't be that long of a tunnel, and it could just deposit people outside in front. (although think about how cool it would be if it went right in!) And the escalator thing is a bit annoying, too. And bus connections are slim. But overall, fantastic station!
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