|The brick entrance.|
The station's main entrance is on Boylston Street, which seems to have ripped its name off from the street of the same name in Boston. It's a quiet, residential street, with lots of trees and a park opposite the Stony Brook entrance. I'm really not sure what to think of this entrance. I mean, it's interesting architecturally, with cool brick arches, but does it seem like a subway station? Not really - the Stony Brook sign is small and not visible from a distance. Good thing there's a T logo down the road to let people know that random brick building is an Orange Line station.
|The hallway from the mezzanine.|
Right after the fare gates, there's a cool mural that goes around a corner. I tell ya, these Southwest Corridor stations have boring architecture, but they never skimp on art. This hallway also has a big window, which is nice. From there, a set of stairs, an up escalator, and an elevator all lead down to the platform.
The platform is pretty much the same as Jackson Square's. Once again, it's a center platform and it's "underground", but the tracks do go above ground on either end of the station. The benches still look ugly, and there are a few wastebaskets here. Oddly, Stony Brook's platform is really dark, even with natural light on both ends! I don't know how that works, but it was really dark down here.
|A train leaving the station.|
Station: Stony Brook
Ridership: This is the second least-used station on the Orange Line, with only 3,652 riders per weekday. It's very close to Green Street (the least-used station) in terms of ridership, which makes sense. As I've mentioned, both of these are very quiet stations.
Pros: Stony Brook is very straightforward, which is great. The entrance flows right into the mezzanine, which in turn flows to the center platform. Also, it may not have a Jackson Square level of artwork, but that mural after the fare gates is pretty awesome.
Cons: This station doesn't feel as brutalist as others on the Southwest Corridor, but I still have some problems with its architecture. It feels bland throughout, especially with the dark platform. Also, the entrance could stand to be a little more obvious, though it does look good. Stony Brook doesn't have any bus connections, but that's not too much of a problem for me, since Jackson Square is one stop to the north.
Nearby and Noteworthy: It requires a bit of a walk to the south, but there's an interesting-looking clump of businesses on Bismarck and Germania Streets.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Why do I keep finding myself liking these Southwest Corridor stations? Yep, despite the fact that Stony Brook has a dark platform, bland appearance, and semi-hidden entrance, I still like this place. It's straightforward, and that mural is fantastic. Why do I have to like you, Stony Brook?
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