|That train stuck around for quite a while before leaving.|
|The main entrance, with the escalator shelter visible in the background.|
|The mezzanine of the main entrance.|
|The second mezzanine.|
|The smallest mezzanine is really quite cramped.|
|The main bus shelter on Mass Ave.|
|A shelter on Green Street.|
|Looks like my shadow photobombed the picture.|
|Good thing the platform was a little longer than the train so I could get a picture of it.|
Ridership: Believe it or not, this is one of the very busiest stations on the system. It comes in seventh place in terms of ridership, with over 16,500 riders per weekday! I don't know why it gets such high ridership, but the residential areas around the station are pretty dense. And this station covers quite a few Cambridge neighborhoods, including East Cambridge and all of Cambridgeport.
Pros: As I said, the station serves a lot of important neighborhoods in Cambridge. As for Central itself, well, I like the mosaics on the platform and the Magazine Street busway. That's pretty much it.
Cons: Well, there's the fact that the platform is pretty ugly overall. Or there's the fact that there are three separate bus stops, without signage in the station letting you know where to go. And of course, there's the lack of free crossovers. And actually, Central's a pretty nasty station in that regard if you're heading outbound and accidentally use the inbound platform, because Kendall also has no free crossovers. You'd have to go all the way to Charles in order to head back in the other direction.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are a whole bunch of restaurants and businesses near the station. One place that I go to for breakfast occasionally is Veggie Galaxy in Central Square. Its french toast gets the totally arbitrary Miles Seal of Approval.
Final Verdict: 5/10
Okay, so this is clearly an important station. But is it a good station? Not really. The platform is ugly, the bus system is overly complicated, and there aren't any free crossovers. This is also one of those stations where you can find very...unique smells. But I suppose a whole bunch of people use it, and it's certainly in a good location.
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