|I love these shelters!|
|Looking down the platform.|
|Oh my gosh, it's two trains!|
|I feel like I do this kind of shot a lot...|
Ridership: This is one of the busier stations on the Fitchburg Line, with an average of 437 riders per weekday. I assume most to all of this ridership is student traffic to and from Brandeis.
Pros: Again, I really like the rustic feel of the boarding platforms. The station also has ample parking, which is great.
Cons: The major issue with this station concerns its level crossing. Brandeis/Roberts' platform is long. Yet in order to stop at the boarding platform, trains have to stick out into the level crossing, causing huge traffic jams. It's not like you can just move the platform, but it's probably very annoying for drivers on South Street. In addition, that shelter on the inbound side is borderline useless, plus it's kinda gross in there.
Nearby and Noteworthy: As I mentioned in the 553 post, there are some businesses close to this station. Also, Brandeis University, of course.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Eh, I like a station with charm. The boarding platforms are excellent, and I can't help kind of liking the gross shelter on the inbound side. The level crossing thing is a bit of an issue, but it's a hard one to fix. It's probably more efficient to just let it be...
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