|It's not technically the station, but I love this picture.|
|The Old State House Entrance|
|I feel like I can't escape these stupid Foodler ads.|
|The second entrance, as seen in a terrible picture.|
|The second mezzanine.|
The Orange Line platforms for this station are...weird. They built the downtown Orange Line stations diagonal to each other, for some reason, but State is the oddest because they're also stacked. This means that to get from one Orange Line platform to the other, you have to climb up some stairs and walk down a big, long walkway. It's especially annoying if you know the train's arriving so you have to run down the walkway. I learned that the hard way. I like how the wall is painted in a whole bunch of different colors as you get further down the walkway.
|It starts out dingy...|
|...but gets much nicer.|
|I couldn't get a picture of the train coming in, so this is the best I could do.|
|I don't know why there are spots all over the camera...|
Ridership: Being a transfer station, of course it's going to be busy. It gets about 13,000 passengers per weekday according to the 2014 Blue Book. (I finally got with the times!) I think this station probably gets a lot of ridership from Blue to Red Line passengers, especially with the closure of Government Center.
Pros: For one thing, one of the entrances is in the Old State House! That's worth noting just for the novelty. The mezzanine for the non-Old State House entrance is nice, as is the walkway between Orange Line platforms. And the Blue Line platforms are, as seems to be the norm for the line, really good.
Cons: Well, the mezzanine for the Old State House entrance is kinda dingy, but not terrible. It would be nice if there was a shelter for the 92/93 stop, though I think most of those passengers just use Haymarket. No, the real problem with State is the Orange Line platforms. For one thing, they're so far away from each other, which both makes things confusing and lengthens travel times. And for another, they're just really ugly and dirty.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Um, how about the Old State House? This station is also close to Faneuil Hall, where there's an exhibit I really want to see.
Final Verdict: 7/10
I tried to think about this score as averaging everything out. If we were just talking about the platforms, then the Orange Line ones would drag the score down to a five. But there are also the two entrances, both of which are pretty good overall. So those would bring it back up to an 8. But the lack of a bus shelter or even a bench takes the score down again. So, it's a 7. Seems fair.
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