|The eastern end of the station's busway.|
|And the other end.|
|The smaller entrance to Fields Corner.|
|The mezzanine, from within fare control.|
|A train makes its way around the corner before the station.|
Ridership: Not great - about 5,300 people board here every weekday. That can probably be attributed to the fact that the station is in a mostly residential area, and would primarily be used by locals.
Pros: This station looks great all around. There isn't a single part of this station aesthetically that I don't like. And it's good in terms of functionality, too - like how the mezzanine has a bunch of fare gates, or how the platform provides pretty good shelter.
Cons: There was that smudged map, but that's more of a minor quibble. My real problem with this station is the bus situation. Why do they go on that road right up to the station before going back down again, only to loop around back to the busway proper? There must be a simpler way to do this.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are a few businesses around the station, including a shopping plaza to the south of it. The houses are mostly concentrated to the north and west.
Final Verdict: 8/10
I think this is one of the best-looking stations on the Red Line. Also, it's elevated, which sweetens the deal. Really, it's just the busway system I don't like - the route the vehicles take feels way too circuitous. What if the busway was turned into a two-way street, so buses could drop their passengers off, loop around without anyone on board, and then come back to pick people up? But the two-way thing would probably be hard to do, wouldn't it? Okay, so maybe the current way is the simplest. Still, though, Fields Corner is a great station regardless.
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