|Argh, this station is so nice!|
|The path to one of the entrances.|
|The station's primary entrance.|
|A 59 boarding at the station bus stop.|
Newton Highlands has a single bus connection, this being the 59. Its southbound stop is a pretty unique shelter, though it is rather small. The northbound side is unfortunately just a sign - at least a bench would be appreciated. The 52 technically serves Newton Highlands as well, but only five times a day and a few blocks away, so I don't really count it. Still, that's there, too.
|A train coming into the station.|
Station: Newton Highlands
Ridership: As expected, Newton Highlands has similar ridership to Newton Center, although slightly less. The former gets 1,627 riders per weekday compared to the latter's 1,891 riders. Still, it's above average for the D, even though the station was very quiet on the Sunday I was there.
Pros: We're back in tranquil-land! Yes, the mostly suburban nature of this station combined with lots of trees and general quietness makes it quite peaceful. The building isn't as wonderful as the one at Newton Centre, but it's still an old building, so I'm not complaining. The station's three entrances go all over the neighborhood, which is another great plus.
Cons: The bus facilities could be a little more robust, although it's the 59 - it can't get that much ridership from here. In addition, the outbound side of the station is barebones, but that's probably just because very few people actually go outbound from here.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Newton Highlands has a lovely "downtown" right next to the station! Particularly along Lincoln Street, there are a bunch of small businesses in very quaint buildings.
Final Verdict: 8/10
I really came to like Newton Highlands. It has to be one of the best balances of tranquility to convenience on the whole D Line, with a downtown located just steps away from the peaceful station. To be perfectly honest, I think the building might be the most disappointing part of Newton Highlands for me, and that building is still great!
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