|Hmm...ah...well...um...there it is...|
|Continuing with that "ugly" theme...|
|The boarding platform.|
|The more or less unused Providence Line shelter.|
|The surprisingly nice Franklin Line platform.|
|Look! It's Boston!|
|Some Amtrak work equipment that was just lying around.|
|Awww, yeah! I didn't see any Commuter Rail trains, but this Amtrak train came whizzing through at top speed.|
Ridership: The station gets an average of 621 inbound boardings per weekday, which isn't too bad for the Commuter Rail. I can't imagine too many of these boardings coming from buses, since both buses from here go further into the city - though perhaps people commute to Readville and transfer to buses.
Pros: This is one of the only "transfer points" between Commuter Rail lines outside of downtown. It has ample parking, decent bus connections (well, the 32, at least), and is fully accessible thanks to the footbridges. Oh, and the boarding areas have benches!
Cons: Let me reiterate that Readville is not a pretty station. The footbridges are ugly, and ditto for all the platforms (with maybe a slight exception for the Franklin Line one - love the overgrown flowers). Also, I feel like Providence Line trains should stop here. It would make this station an even bigger transfer point, and could allow residents here to head out to Providence.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Other than a few businesses in Wolcott Square, there isn't much of note here.
Final Verdict: 6/10
Honestly, the aesthetics alone are just so...6-ish. They're not horrible, but they're bland, boring, and borderline ugly. Also, maybe Providence Line trains skip this station to speed up service on the Northeast Corridor, but that has three tracks! Amtrak trains could run in the middle and skip this station, while local Commuter Rail trains could stop. Well, functionally, Readville is pretty good, but it certainly has some flaws.
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