|And under the platform's shelter.|
|Another shot of the platform.|
|The station's footbridge.|
|This one was taken about a year ago. But look at all those solar panels!|
|Looks like one of that train's doors is broken.|
|The Bennington Street busway.|
|The Saratoga Street busway.|
|I'm honestly not sure if the snowy picture above is at Orient Heights or not, so here's another one that I know was taken at the station.|
Station: Orient Heights
Ridership: I was really expecting this to be higher. The station gets 2,833 riders per weekday, which makes it the third-worst station on the above-ground section of the Blue Line in terms of ridership. I mean, this station is the "gateway" station into Winthrop, and has a sizeable residential area around it! I was really expecting more riders.
Pros: Okay, so this station is actually pretty nice. And I'm gonna be honest, it's pretty good aesthetically. It's also really energy efficient, and has a really big parking lot considering its ridership. For a Blue Line station, the bus connections are plenty.
Cons: The emergency exits on the platforms need to be a little better at keeping people out, since I saw a lot of people coming into the station through them when I was here. Also, I guess there are a few aesthetic decisions I don't really like, but on a whole the station looks nice.
Nearby and Noteworthy: I have a friend that used to live in this area who could probably give a few noteworthy businesses. That said, he doesn't read this blog, and I don't know anything about the area, so...sorry.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Overall, I guess I do like this station! I wasn't expecting it to get an especially high score, but a seven is pretty good. I think my real problem with this station is that it's still generic in terms of looks. There's nothing here that makes it stand out from the crowd (except for the fare gate layout, which isn't that noteworthy). But I guess I do like Orient Heights after all.
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