|The station from across the street.|
|Long-time readers of the blog may remember my weird hat...|
|A train leaving the station, with Suffolk Downs visible in the distance.|
|A train going the other way. I like this one more, but felt the need to do both.|
Ridership: The station may have fairly low ridership, with only about 3,050 riders per weekday, but that's a fair amount for a local station like this. Aside from the northern part of Suffolk Downs and a few businesses in the general vicinity, the surroundings of this station are entirely residential. I did the math, too, and this station is only slightly lower than the average ridership of the Blue Line north of Airport.
Pros: I love this station. Everything from the awesome "T" spire to the spacious mezzanine to the amazing elevators to the functional platform is great. And it's elevated, which is a rare sight in Boston nowadays. Though there's only one bus connection (the 119), that's all you need for a somewhat geographically isolated station like this.
Cons: Um...gee, I honestly can't think of anything. Oh, what about how the escalator on the outbound side goes downward? That's ridiculous! Wait, it's because most people arrive from Boston and there's no point in going outbound from Beachmont. Okay, then, I got nothing.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are a few businesses around the station that look pretty nice. Also, grabbing the 119 from here and taking a jaunt around the Beachmont Loop gives you a great view.
Final Verdict: 10/10
I really can't think of anything I don't like about Beachmont! It's a beautiful station, and very functional, with a larger-than-needed parking lot. Plus, it's elevated! Perhaps this isn't my favorite station on the Blue Line (Maverick is very cool), but it has no glaring problems that I can think of. And it's definitely my second-favorite, or perhaps it even gets the number-one spot. Thus, Beachmont gets the elusive 10/10 score.
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