The station itself is enclosed, but it's actually not underground. It's still below grade, though, and so after it Silver Line buses have to rise up to D Street. Now, I really hate how buses don't have control over the traffic light at that intersection, but I'm not going to fault the station for it. It's more just poor planning for the route on the MBTA's part.
|The first entrance to the station. All photo credits for this post, by the way, go to my friend, Chloé Gilligan.|
|And the second entrance, taken from the median of Congress Street (we didn't jaywalk to it or anything...)|
|Looking down into the mezzanine. Unfortunately there aren't any pictures of the mezzanine proper.|
From there, it's extremely easy to get down to the platform. Two sets of stairs, one inbound and one outbound. The platform is really nice, too. As I mentioned before, the station is partially above ground. so a lot of natural light gets in there. Even at night, there are big tall lights along the walls which probably keep the station lit up. Man, this and Courthouse are some of the best stations the MBTA has to offer. But don't talk about the ridership...
|An overview of the platform with two buses at the station, one of which has a purple destination board!|
Ridership: Oh, no. Can we not? Let's just end the review here, 10/10, thanks for reading. Sigh. Yeah, this station fares slightly better than Courthouse, with almost 1600 riders per weekday over the latter's 1300. But that's still really bad, World Trade Center, so don't look so smug. I'd imagine most ridership here comes on event days at the WTC or BCEC, though there are also some apartments and a hotel near here.
Pros: Just like Courthouse, this station is absolutely beautiful. I think I might even like it more than its western companion, just because of those fish. Courthouse was awesome and all, but it didn't really have any art, per se. WTC has the fish as well as the whole underwater theme, which makes it very unique.
Cons: Yeah, yeah, the ridership, blah, blah, blah.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The constant development in the Seaport District is astounding. Every time I visit a new building has sprung up. A lot of them are residential, though, and not especially noteworthy. This station is basically in a no-man's land between Fan Pier (served by Courthouse) and Liberty Wharf (served by Silver Line Way). Still, there's the WTC and BCEC, so on event days at either this is the station to use.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Courthouse got a 7, pretty much for the sole reason that it's beautiful. Well, I actually like World Trade Center a little more than Courthouse in terms of beauty, plus it gets marginally better ridership. For that, I'll throw in an extra point. 8/10!
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