|The entrance from Laurel Ave.|
|The near-empty parking lot.|
|A train coming into the station.|
Ridership: My friends, Jason and Michael, and I were the only people who were waiting for the inbound train here. The station's ridership is pretty low overall, with 278 inbound riders per weekday. I would imagine all of these people come from local residential neighborhoods - it's not like the Haverhill lot fills up and people need an alternative.
Pros: This is a more tranquil alternative to Haverhill. I don't think anyone would actually bother to walk an extra half-mile for just tranquility, but the point is that it's possible. Bradford's platform is fantastic, with the great boarding areas being the main highlight. It also has so much parking.
Cons: I can't say I'm too familiar with Bradford's topography, but some direct pedestrian walkways from nearby residential neighborhoods would be great. There's an entrance on Laurel Ave, but the problem is that that street is isolated itself.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Well, the MVRTA's headquarters is right near the station, if you're interested in...well, looking at it, I guess. I assume it's not public. Also, there's a Commuter Rail layover area here, where you can spot a few trains.
Final Verdict: 8/10
It may not have the bells and whistles of Haverhill, but Bradford is another excellent station. It's quiet, it's local, and it's a nice place to wait for the train. I'm not sure why they decided to build it so close to Haverhill, but I don't think it slows down travel times too much.
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