|Oh man, these "middle of the tracks" shots are starting to blend together in my mind...|
|The biggish parking lot.|
|One of the station's entrances.|
|A train leaving the station.|
Ridership: Waban has the lowest ridership on the D Line, and by a pretty high degree. With 545 riders per weekday, it's almost 300 passengers less than the second-lowest station, Eliot. I'm not entirely sure why Waban gets such low ridership, but the surrounding areas are generally less dense than other stations along the line.
Pros: Wanna know what Waban is? Why, it's tranquil! Yes, this is a lovely quiet station, and despite not having much in the shelter department, it still manages to have that D Line charm. Plus, with such low ridership, the heated shelter is basically all you need. Waban also offers lots of parking considering its ridership.
Cons: My main issue here is with the entrances, or lack thereof. The problem is that the only way of getting in is from the north, forcing people coming from the south to double back. Still, we're talking about three minutes extra of walking, if that, so this is quite a nitpick.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Although it doesn't offer too much in quantity, Waban's "downtown" has to be the cutest business block I've ever seen. Really great old architecture, too.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Oooooh, I really wanted to go for the 9. I just reaaaaaaaally wish the station had a wooden shelter to truly make it a quintessential D Line station...and then some! Seriously, Waban has so much going for it. The only functional problem with it is the whole entrance thing, but it would never get fixed, and it really doesn't need to be. A three minute walk is nothing. Argh, I just wish it had a wooden shelter, dang it! Yes, I'm overly picky with my D Line stations. So what? Waban is still great! Oh wait...it's not accessible? Okay, that's an actual issue. 8/10 it is!
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