|This was the first thing we came across.|
|Looking down the platform.|
|A picture from platform level of the high-level portion.|
|A train shrinking into the trees.|
Ridership: With an average of 975 riders per weekday, this is the second most-used station on the Needham Line. I'm not sure if people drive to this station, since I don't know how the parking here works exactly, but there are some reasonably dense residential neighborhoods in walking distance.
Pros: It's right in the middle of Needham Center, which is a big plus. Also, there are lots of benches along the platform, meaning you can wait pretty close to the boarding area. Plus, the station has businesses right on its platform, and the piano is a great touch.
Cons: There isn't any shelter along the platform, so I'm not really sure where people go when it rains. Also, there's no official MBTA parking, but I assume you can still use the city lot, right?
Nearby and Noteworthy: Needham Center has lots of businesses, but of course, I don't have any specific places. The Center Cafe is right on the platform if you need a quick bite.
Final Verdict: 8/10
There's a lot to like here. It's great that there are benches all along the platform, even if they're not sheltered. Also, this is the second time I've seen businesses right on a Commuter Rail platform, and it's still amazing. Oh, and the piano? That's probably the best part of this station, to be honest.
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