|And then, this.|
|Well, that looks depressing.|
|The mezzanine proper.|
|Don't ask me why this picture is tilted, because I have no idea.|
|That's a loooooooong way down.|
|The huge center portion of the garage.|
|I love that!|
|A closed-off pedestrian exit.|
|Are you kidding me? Look how close that is!|
|Aw, yeah, from-the-roof shot! Quincy Center can be seen in the background.|
|A train curving into the station.|
Ridership: Ech. It only gets an average of 4,785 riders per weekday, making it the second least-used station on the Braintree branch. I would assume most of these people either park here or get dropped off, because there aren't really any alternatives. There are very few neighborhoods within reasonable walking distance to the station (i.e. NOT over a mile to get to a station 50 feet away).
Pros: Okay, first things first, this station's platform is awesome, there's no doubt about it. And I think the amazing center part of it makes up for the dark portions on the ends. Also, this station offers lots of parking. More than enough, in fact! And it's in a great, accessible location for cars.
Cons: THE LOCKED GATE TO INDEPENDENCE AVE. Anyway, aside from that, parts of the station are pretty ugly, and it definitely has a brutalist feel to it overall. Also, Quincy Adams only has one bus connection, the 238 to Randolph from Quincy Center. The 230 on Independence Ave would also serve the station were it not for the fact that THE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY IS HELD UNDER LOCK AND KEY BY THE MBTA - excuse me.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Do you like Lowe's? How about BJ's? Or perhaps Home Depot? Well, then this station is for you! Literally, that's it for noteworthy things.
Final Verdict: 4/10
If you're in a car, then this is a pretty great station. You can drive in directly from the highway, easily find a space in the huge parking lot, and make your way down to the really awesome platform. If you're walking, however, good luck with even getting to the station. Sure, there are a few residential neighborhoods to the west of Quincy Adams, but to the east - well, it's a shame the convenient pedestrian path is closed. Seriously, just reopen the darn path.
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