|The station's parking lot.|
|Um...I'm not sure if this complies with ADA standards...|
|The footbridge over Route 9.|
|Looking down the platform.|
|Woah! A double!|
Ridership: It's certainly on the low end of the D Line's ridership spectrum, coming in at second-worst. Eliot's 814 riders per weekday almost certainly all go inbound, and fan in from the surrounding residential areas. And...I guess 55 of those people drive to the station, too.
Pros: Like many other D Line stations, Eliot has lots of entrances going everywhere, with the footbridge over Route 9 being especially useful. In terms of tranquility, Eliot gets a "somewhat" - although the platform is quite leafy, the highway nearby makes some unwelcome noise. Finally, the heated shelter on the inbound side is great, as always.
Cons: But the metal one is awful. For one thing, it's ugly, and for another, the bench must be so cold in the winter! (I wish I had sat on it to find out...) In addition, though not much can be done about this, the station doesn't seem to have enough parking. Perhaps more bike spaces could be added to encourage cycle commuters?
Nearby and Noteworthy: No, nothing much. The best thing you'll get is the nearby Sudbury Aqueduct, which people can walk along.
Final Verdict: 6/10
Noooooo! I thought all of the further-out D Line stations would have character, but this one has none! It's hardly even tranquil! Sure, it performs its duty as a station well, and I like the bridge over Route 9 a lot, but Eliot needs to step it up in the aesthetics department. Come on, Eliot, this is the D Line we're talking about!
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