|When you get off a Commuter Rail train, you're forced to move along with the current. This picture was taken in a hurry.|
|A portion of the huge waiting room.|
|A bold entrance.|
|The subway entrance.|
|The entrance on Haverhill Street.|
|The station's massive mezzanine.|
|Click on the picture to make it bigger. This shows the amazingly easy transfer.|
|One of the Green Line platforms.|
|A train at the station.|
|The Orange Line platform.|
|Kind of artsy, I guess.|
Ridership: Oh, it's a doozy. This is the sixth-busiest MBTA subway station, with over 17,000 riders per weekday! The Commuter Rail's ridership isn't in the MBTA Blue Book, but I know that it's quite heavy. TD Garden is also a big ridership draw, and there are probably some people that head to the North End from here (though Haymarket is generally closer).
Pros: Thanks to the recent renovations, this station is very clean and modern. Aesthetically, I don't think there are any aspects of North Station that I don't like. The direct connection to TD Garden from the Commuter Rail station is great, and the underground parking lot is huge. And we can't forget about that amazing cross-platform transfer in the subway station.
Cons: My only major issue here is that there's no underground connection between the Commuter Rail and the subway. Granted, this would be expensive to implement, and the current walk isn't that long anyway.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The TD Garden, obviously. Also, for an really cool view, head up to Portal Park, just to the east of the Garden. You can look right up the Zakim Bridge, as seen in this photo. It's definitely worth a look, and watching all those cars speeding by is hypnotic.
Final Verdict: 9/10
This station is great. I love everything about it aesthetically - apart from a few very minor paint chippings, this is a beautiful hub. The only thing I really don't like about this station is the lack of an underground or sheltered walkway between the subway and the Commuter Rail. But honestly, that cross-platform transfer is what makes this station. This is the best transfer station on the system, I'll tell you that much.
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The guy that jumped over the Red Line tracks at Park Street has been all over the news lately. The MBTA may charge him for trespassing.