|The main entrance of Haymarket, along with the busway.|
|What's more, it's right on the street!|
The main entrance just has steps going down from the busway. The mezzanine they lead into is pretty nice and modern, with a fair amount of fare gates and machines. It's very clean and well-lit as well. The only problem with it is that the ceiling's kinda meh, but at least it doesn't have random pipes like other parts of the station. Spoiler alert.
|Looks pretty nice...|
|There's also that random traffic cone in the middle...|
|That destination board is...interesting.|
|This mezzanine is kind of nice, though.|
|Looking down both platforms, with the wall in the way.|
|A train at the station.|
Ridership: North Station is definitely the more-used station for Green Line to Orange Line transfers. Haymarket is a much bigger bus hub, though, and a whole bunch of people use the 111 alone. Also, this is the closest station to the North End, so that spurs a whole other source of ridership. The station as a whole gets about 11,500 riders per day, making it the 15th busiest station on the system.
Pros: On weekdays, this is a pretty good bus hub, with a whole bunch of express routes to the North Shore. And the non-platform parts of the station are actually pretty nice.
Cons: But the platform-platform parts of the station are disgusting. Also, the fact that there are two busways, both of which serve different routes, can be confusing. Not to mention the one on Congress Street can hardly be considered a "busway" when it has no shelters or even benches. The signage within the station seems to be really misleading, and according to Wikipedia, the Green and Orange Line platforms are on the same level - shouldn't going between them be so much easier, then?
Nearby and Noteworthy: The North End is simply exploding with history, and has a whole bunch of awesome restaurants. I know none of these, but this website seems pretty informative.
Final Verdict: 5/10
This station is pretty confusing, with both the misleading signage and the two busways (the second of which is pretty much just a stop). Also, both platforms are really dingy, and the transfer between them seems like it could be so much simpler. However, I will say that the non-platform parts of the station are nice, and there are a lot of bus connections (on weekdays, anyway). This is also the closest station to the North End, so that's something.
Latest MBTA News: Service Updates
I'm late on this, but two Mattapan High Speed Line trolleys collided in Dorchester. Driver error is apparently the culprit.