|There's a lot to talk about before we even get to the station!|
|Another great station building!|
|Looking straight down the platform. There's a train leaving in the distance.|
|Hooray! It's accessible!|
|Bike parking! And regular parking!|
|A train coming...|
Ridership: This station is just behind Concord in terms of ridership, making it the 4th-busiest station on the Fitchburg Line! So if West Concord gets 541 riders per weekday and Concord gets 592...gosh, Fitchburg only gets 518 riders! The town of Concord has over double the ridership, yet only half the population of Fitchburg! This is so strange!
Pros: There's just so much to love about this station! The plaza alone has so much fun, unique stuff, from the solar wastebasket to the old train junction to the plant drainage system. West Concord's building is beautiful, and put to very good use. Plus, it's actually on the inbound platform this time! This is the only accessible station in Concord, and...did I mention the electric car charging station? Gosh, I love that.
Cons: There is a level crossing here, but if a train driver stops well, it won't go down while the train is stopped (at least on the inbound side). Other than that, there really isn't much wrong here. The parking's expensive for the Fitchburg Line, but if you really want to drive in, just use nearby South Acton's cheaper parking (although there'd be a trade-off with fares). Plus, the electric charging station makes up for it!
Nearby and Noteworthy: There's a charming little "downtown" around the station with lots of small businesses. It's no Concord Center, but it's something!
Final Verdict: 10/10
You know what? I knew this station would get a 10 from the moment I stepped foot in that amazing plaza. And yes, I did have doubts when I found out about the parking cost (it's one of the most expensive stations on the Fitchburg Line), but come on! This place just does everything right! It checks all the boxes for a wonderful Commuter Rail station, including lots of character. West Concord manages to combine old elements like the station building and the former track junction with new ones, like the solar garbage can and the electric car charger! This station is as good as it gets.
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