|Oh, it's that typical Orange Line platform.|
|Um...am I supposed to be back here?|
|Not much going on here on a rainy Thursday afternoon.|
|Aw, yeah. I heard the Commuter Rail train zooming in and immediately rushed to the window to get it going past.|
|The small bus stop for the 132.|
|The busway on the other side.|
|The view of the station from the parking lot.|
|One of the station's pedestrian paths.|
|Clearly the ridership here at Oak Grove is astronomical.|
Ridership: Okay, so I got on the train at Wellington, and it was packed to the brims. After we left Malden Center, the train was near-empty. So yeah, Malden Center certainly dwarfs Oak Grove in terms of ridership. That said, Oak Grove's ridership isn't that bad - 6,590 passengers per weekday. It's better than a lot of other Orange Line stations.
Pros: It's nice that they decided to extend the Orange Line past Malden Center to almost-Melrose. Oak Grove serves residential areas, and has seen some development over the years (nowhere near the levels of Alewife, but a few apartments have sprung up). It has quite a lot of parking, a Pedal and Park, and some good bus connections for what it's worth (considering that there's a massive bus hub one station south).
Cons: It's that good ol' Haymarket North brutalism. Yeah, Oak Grove as all the concrete and blandness you've come to know and love.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Nah, there's nothing of note around Oak Grove. It's mostly residential, but it looks like you can find businesses if you walk far enough.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Okay, so brutalism doesn't have to be a deal-breaker for all stations. I gotta admit, aside from the architecture, Oak Grove is pretty good. It serves a lot of residential areas, and it's the closest rapid transit station to Melrose. And even though Wellington is probably the main park-and-ride station on the northern Orange Line, Oak Grove still has a big parking lot that is well-used.
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