|We're starting at by far the most used of the bunch.|
|A fancy shelter in the main busway.|
|Well, turns out all my pictures of this busway were blurry. Oh, well, there isn't much to see, anyway.|
|Prepare for lots of PCC action in the upcoming posts.|
Ridership: Aside from Ashmont, this is the busiest station on the MHSL, and probably the only one that gets non-local ridership. There are a number of bus routes here that people come from, all amounting to an average of about 1,500 riders per weekday. Don't expect these somewhat high numbers to last as we travel further down the line.
Pros: This is the most...advanced, shall we say, station on the MHSL. It has a bunch of shelters as well as two busways serving nine buses (including a Key Bus Route), so there's lots here. It even has a 100-space parking lot, though not too many people actually use it.
Cons: There's some peeling paint that can be found around Mattapan, but that isn't too bad. I really do hate the second busway, though, partly because of its lack of amenities and partly because of its existence. Why do there have to be two busways in the first place?
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are lots of businesses in nearby Mattapan Square, but I have nothing specific.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Although the second busway is horrible, one has to consider Mattapan in context. The stations along the rest of the line are basically small D Line stations, so this big facility is a nice change. And honestly, everything else about it is great, from the platforms to the main busway. All right, on to Capen Street.
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