|Look, not even the station itself has signage! This could just be a random parking lot for all I know!|
|The side of the building.|
|The busway and drop-off area.|
|The waiting room.|
|A train arrives at the station.|
Ridership: Not bad for a Commuter Rail station - about 725 daily weekday riders. It was fairly crowded when I was there. I assume most of the riders consist of Lawrence locals commuting to Boston, though for some reason the MVRTA runs its Boston commuter service from here. (So you're gonna terminate all the useful connections at Buckley but then run your Boston route from a station where a train goes to the same place. Thanks, MVRTA.)
Pros: Well, for one thing, the Commuter Rail takes much less time than the above MVRTA commuter service, so there! But also, the station is pretty good-looking aesthetically, and offers a sizeable parking garage of 400 spaces.
Cons: No signage is my big problem with this station. Either that or a shuttle to the Buckley would make bus transfers so easy! The 33 just runs every half hour, so I don't think it's properly coordinated with the Commuter Rail. Also, with the closed café (which seems to be closed for good), there should at least be a vending machine at the station to tide people over with a snack.
Nearby and Noteworthy: I got nothin'. Nothin' specific, anyway.
Final Verdict: 7/10
I will admit, this is a nice-looking station. It's modern and the waiting room is a good place to wait for the train. But though Lowell was depressing, at least the buses and trains stop at the same place there. I really wish the MVRTA ran a short shuttle from the Commuter Rail to Buckley, or just added the Commuter Rail as a stop to their downtown shuttle route. Unless, that is, the 33 is properly coordinated with the Commuter Rail. If I find that out from one of you readers, I'll retroactively give this station an eight.
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