|Well, let's start with the bad part...|
|At least it's well-lit...|
|One of the station's main entrances. Also, my friend Michael makes a cameo.|
|The underground parking garage.|
|Oh, yeah! Here we go!|
|My camera's not the best at night pictures, so this was the best one I could get of the ticket office.|
|A few side rooms.|
|The vending machine room.|
|A closed shop.|
|Man, Providence, you just gotta keep blowing me away, don't you?|
|Descending down to the Amtrak platform.|
|The Commuter Rail platform.|
|An Amtrak train leaving the station.|
|A Commuter Rail train laying over.|
|I'll admit, I only took this one as an excuse to feature the State House in the background.|
Ridership: Well, this is actually the busiest Commuter Rail station outside of the downtown Boston terminals, with 2,325 riders per weekday! Also, this is Amtrak's 14th busiest station in the country, with 660,267 riders annually (over 1800 per day). This place must get awfully crowded during rush hour...
Pros: Everything about the waiting area is absolutely fantastic. I mean, there are ticket offices, shops, amenities, a destination board, and of course, that distinctive dome. There's nothing about that area I don't like. The station also has a fair amount of parking and some decent bus connections (with Kennedy Plaza only a few minutes' walk away), plus the platforms aren't as bad as...certain other stations. *cough* Back Bay.
Cons: That said, the platforms here can be a bit bland and you do see a few Back Bay-esque elements at times (i.e. graffiti). But there's nothing too bad, especially considering you don't actually have to wait on the platforms. I also think the station building is somewhat stark, though I can see how people would like it. It does have a certain charm, and you can't go wrong with a clock tower.
Nearby and Noteworthy: You know, Providence is often overshadowed by Boston, but seriously, it's a great city. I wish I could give some specific businesses or attractions, but I just walked around when I was there. But considering that you can just grab the Commuter Rail from South Station and get here in an hour, I really recommend checking Providence out for the day.
Final Verdict: 9/10
It's weird, I had fully expected that I would hate this place. This was based on short glimpses of the platform and a view of the building, both of which could be better. But the waiting area - it's just amazing! And honestly, I don't even mind the building or the platforms too much, since they're really just a bit bland. Yeah, this station is great, and a fantastic gateway into a fantastic city. Thanks for everything, Providence.
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