Yes, this bus hub is pretty darn big. So big, in fact, that it's extremely hard to find anything there! It has five "platforms" in two separate buildings with 20 berths in total! It's hard to make 20 berths easy to navigate, but luckily there are "Dudley Station Bus Finders" infrequently spaced around the station. They don't tell you where you are, and are even outdated. Fantastic.
|Not a great photo, but you can see how complicated it is.|
|The interior of one of the buildings.|
|One of the buildings.|
Ridership: It can be pretty busy here, even if it's not a "legit" station. After all, five Key Bus Routes converge here, as well as a plethora of other routes. Plus there's the Silver Line, which sort of acts as a feeder to downtown from here.
Pros: This is a huge bus hub, and most of the buses here have pretty good schedules. I also really like the architecture; the fact that one of the buildings uses elements from the original elevated station is a nice touch.
Cons: This station is too darn confusing! There are a million berths, there are two buildings, and the "station finders" are ridiculous. If they could at least update the maps to be relevant today (the ones up now are from 2007, and are "good until superseded" - yeah, right) and show where the viewer is, it would be great! The station would still be a mess, but at least it would make navigation a little easier.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Frankly, I don't like being in the neighborhood around Dudley. I'm sure there's some very nice stuff around there, but I wouldn't know.
Final Verdict: 6/10
This station was originally going to get a much lower score, but I realized that there are some good qualities to it. Namely, there are a lot of buses that serve this station, and its architecture is really nice. Of course, it's still really complicated, and the maps are out of date and overly confusing. It all evens out to slightly worse than average.
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