|Gosh, this town is beautiful.|
|Looking at the station from Railroad Ave.|
|Atop the high-level boarding platform.|
|The CATA bus shelter.|
|Another shelter further down the platform.|
|It was significantly darker when the train finally came.|
Ridership: It's the busiest station on the Rockport Branch! I mean, it has to be said that past the ridership behemoths of Salem and Beverly, ridership thins out, but still...Gloucester's 590 riders per weekday is pretty good. And of course, I'd imagine that amount gets much higher during the summer.
Pros: As I mentioned, this station is no slacker in the character department. The wooden shelters are great, plus it's accessible! In addition, the station's parking lot is definitely big enough, with a 77% availability rate on weekdays. Bike spaces, a taxi stand, and the CATA shelter round out the amenities.
Cons: Having a map at the station so tourists know where to go is great, but how about signage to the station? And yes, I know there are signs that point in its direction, but I followed one and then the signs just stopped and I got lost...that's all I'm gonna say. Also, I think a second bench on the boarding platform could be nice, since it probably gets crowded during rush hour. Oh, and while we're at it, put a bench under the CATA shelter!
Nearby and Noteworthy: I was only there for a couple hours, but based on that short time, I've decided that I love Gloucester. Seriously, this is such a beautiful seaside town (or city, I guess). With lots of businesses downtown, as well as historical sights and beaches further out, this is a great place to go in the summer. In the winter? Well...it's rather cold. But still beautiful.
|I mean, just look at Main Street!|
I might be slightly influenced by Gloucester itself here, but still, this station holds its own. I love its shelters, and it has lots of amenities for all different methods of arriving here. The only main problem I have with the station is the whole signage thing, and I might've just misread one of the signs and got lost. It would be nice to put a few extra benches here, though, especially under the CATA shelter, but other than that, this is a fantastic station in a fantastic town that I heartily recommend you visit.
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