|The entrance to the outbound side.|
|And the inbound entrance.|
|A train coming in.|
|Next stop, South Station!|
Ridership: This station is still new, so the MBTA hasn't published ridership data for it yet. I can say that it was pretty much empty on a Saturday, with only about two or three people waiting. I guess commuters to factories might use this station, but it seems like it'd be easier just to take the bus.
Pros: As this is a new station, it has a full high level platform. Of course this means it's accessible, with the long ramps driving the point home.
Cons: The ramps, however, are also quite annoying. If they could install a staircase so the ramps aren't the only way of getting to the station, that would be much appreciated. Something else that would be appreciated is proper station parking, since the existing 2-hour street parking seems useless. In addition, modern Commuter Rail stations have this problem where they're just so...bland. Newmarket fits right into that trend.
Nearby and Noteworthy: I know that mixed-used development is being encouraged in Newmarket, but that seems a long way off. For now, Newmarket's only claim to fame is that it's the closest station to the South Bay Center, but Andrew has much more frequent service and isn't that far away.
Final Verdict: 4/10
Well, I'll say this for Newmarket Station: it's just as "vibrant" as the rest of the neighborhood! Sigh. Not only is it bland, but it doesn't have parking and its ramps shouldn't be the only entrances. It may be a high level station, but that's pretty much the only good thing about it. Oh, and the bike parking. But who rides their bike in Newmarket of all places?
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