|The shady platform.|
|A train leaving the station.|
Ridership: As I mentioned before, this station isn't especially busy. It's the third least-used Orange Line station, with about 4,750 riders per weekday. Just like Shawmut, the primary ridership for this station probably comes from those living in the area, though Roxbury Crossing has the bonus of Roxbury Community College students.
Pros: Overall, the whole station is pretty nice. I absolutely love the entrance, as well as the straightforwardness of the mezzanine. And there's a whole bunch of art throughout both of these. It's great that the platform is sheltered, and it's also pretty tranquil.
Cons: The station has a very bland feel about it overall. There's nothing terrible in the aesthetics, but Roxbury Crossing has some fairly dated 80's architecture. Also, I don't like those pointless shelters on the platform - just get rid of them and keep the benches.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Roxbury Community College seems to be the only place of note around the station - the rest is mostly residential.
Final Verdict: 7/10
I like this station enough, but it could certainly use a makeover. The art helps the bland feel, but the station still looks very dated. Roxbury Crossing does seem like a quiet alternative to Ruggles, if you happen to have a choice between the two and don't like crowds.
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