|There's one of these at Fields Corner, too, but Shawmut has three along its path.|
|Into the unknown we go...|
|Plus, there's natural light that gets in there.|
|Looking way, way down.|
|A train coming in, after a "20+" minute wait.|
Ridership: Probably due to its isolated location, this is the least-used station on the Red Line, and one of the least-used on the whole system. Every weekday, it only gets about 2,400 riders. Presumably the only people that use this station are those that live in the surrounding neighborhood.
Pros: The entrance and path are both fantastic. Also, I gave the mezzanine some flak, but it's not actually that bad. Even the platform is somewhat improved by the presence of the historical images and information.
Cons: The platform is still pretty awful. Not as bad as some other ones on the system (I'll never stop putting you down, Prudential), but still, I'm not a fan. Also, there aren't any bus connections, but that's because there'd be no reason to put a bus around here.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Nothing in the immediate vicinity, but this is the closest station to Codman Square, about a 10 minute walk away.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Okay, this station really grew on me as I went along with this review. I absolutely love the outside parts of this station (the entrance in particular), and the mezzanine does its job all right. The platform could definitely use some work, (especially since this station was renovated only a few years ago, in 2009 - did anyone think to fix the platform?) but you can't beat the tranquil location and awesome entrance.
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