|The busway. Look how high that ceiling is!|
|The footbridge and T logo in the sunset.|
|The ramps to the Commuter Rail platform.|
|The Commuter Rail platform, with some freight on the right.|
|No Commuter Rail trains, but there was this cool CSX sighting.|
|The interesting waiting area.|
|The unique-looking platform.|
|Night was falling and my camera wasn't cooperating. This was the best I could get.|
Ridership: Pretty much as expected, this station's ridership is fairly low. There are about 5,125 riders per day here, and it's ranked just below Broadway. The Commuter Rail ridership is much lower, with only 72 people boarding here per day. The Blue Book only counts inbound trips for the Commuter Rail, though, so there might be more people who head outbound from here.
Pros: There are quite a few amenities here. The busway is great (if a bit overkill), the waiting room is pretty cool, and the platform is unique. This is also a great park and ride station, since it's right next to a Route 3 interchange, and the garage is huge.
Cons: The Commuter Rail platform is kind of far from the Red Line platform, and the level crossing required to get to it is sort of scary to cross. Also, the mezzanine and waiting room have fairly bland architecture, but this station never feels dingy at all.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The surroundings of the station aren't pedestrian-friendly at all, but Bugaboo Creek is a 15 minute walk away. It's the only remaining location in greater Boston, but I do have to complain that they stopped singing the birthday song. They stopped singing the birthday song!
Final Verdict: 7/10
I think I like this station a lot more than I should. I normally hate these park and ride stations with nothing much else of note, but I do like Braintree. Indeed, it does have a lot of good qualities. The waiting room, in particular, is a nice touch.
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