|As usual, the view is not captured well.|
|Like I said, meh. The MBTA didn't even bother to change the maps here to the new one.|
|It's such a weird exit!|
|I don't know why there's a random traffic cone, though.|
|Pretty dark in here.|
|The busway, with some vending machines and bike spaces.|
|Not too many people here on a Sunday.|
|The station, with an ugly-looking drive-through in the foreground.|
|It's a 17 minute wait if you missed that train...|
Ridership: As I said, this seems like a pretty big station for park-and-riders. Some people might commute here, too, because of the nearby office parks. And students might use it for the nearby high school. As for numbers, this station gets a little over 7,000 people per day, giving it the second-highest ridership on the Braintree branch.
Pros: I like the escalator all right; the presence of a countdown clock in the busway is convenient; the station has a lot of parking and a lot of ridership; and there's some stuff to do nearby if you walk for a few minutes.
Cons: Okay, this whole station feels really dated and bleak. Pretty much everything about it except for the escalator leading up to the mezzanine looks really boring. And there's only one escalator, but that's only an annoyance. The bus connections are pretty grim, and the surrounding area is really not pedestrian friendly. Finally, this station is about a million miles away from JFK/UMASS. Imagine if they stuck a station in between the two, and had Braintree branch trains also stop at Savin Hill.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Probably best to walk to that aforementioned commercial area if you're looking for something to do from here.
Final Verdict: 5/10
There's a very dated feel about this entire station. A modern renovation would be really nice, if the MBTA could muster it. And imagine if they were to put a new station in between North Quincy and JFK/UMASS. Such as this possibility... (Yeah, I figured out how to put maps in!)
As you can see (you may have to zoom out a bit), this station is in the middle of a rotary. The 201 and 202 bus routes go right by, and the 210 is a few blocks away. The only problem with building this is that there might not be any room on the line for platforms. So I suppose that makes this a bust, then...
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