|The two busways. And a highway.|
|Hey, it's the sky! This is the only time you'll be seeing that at Sullivan.|
|Past the mezzanine.|
|The platform, looking the other way.|
|I ran onto this train after I took the picture.|
Ridership: I believe a large amount of Sullivan's ridership comes from buses, since it's served by a lot of busy routes. Well, wherever the ridership comes from, there's a lot of it. Every weekday, Sullivan gets 10,125 riders, making it the second-busiest station on the northern Orange Line after Malden Center.
Pros: Well, there are the buses, for one thing. As I mentioned, Sullivan is served by 12 bus routes, many of which are in the MBTA's top 50 for ridership. And not only is the station a bus hub, but its busways are reasonably simple, with good signage. Plus, Sullivan is a very straightforward station, with a clean, easy layout (aside from the platforms, maybe) and a great mezzanine.
Cons: Once we get into the aesthetics here, it starts to go downhill. I can't stand brutalism, as many of you know, and Sullivan is made worse thanks to that stupid highway. But I have a practical con, too! The platform has a few places where the space between the wall and the tracks is rather tight. It's not as bad as Malden Center, but it still feels like it could be unsafe.
Nearby and Noteworthy: You know, this flies under the radar of a lot of tourists, but there's so much to do around Sullivan! I mean, there are parking lots to run around it, huge roads to attempt to cross, industrial warehouses to gawk at, and so much more! Hmm...on second thought, maybe it's a good thing the guidebooks leave Sullivan out...
Final Verdict: 7/10
Sullivaaaaaaaaaaan! I wanted to give you a low score, but then you had to go ahead and be a decent station. Look, I know you're really straightforward and you've got a bunch of bus connections and whatever, and I guess this 7 is well-deserved. But know this, Sullivan: I hate your guts. I hate your concrete, I hate your grittiness, and I hate the disgusting highway that blocks any sliver of sun from getting down to your bland, gray platform. You may have won the battle, Sullivan, but you haven't won the war...
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