|The station's "entrance," as it were.|
|The empty parking lot.|
|Looking down the platform. There's Michael sitting under the shelter...|
|All of my train pictures were terrible, so here's a big spider we found while waiting for the train!|
Ridership: Oh, truly amazing! A whole 94 riders per weekday! That's, like, almost 100! No, this is the third least-used station on the Newburyport/Rockport Line, beaten only by Riverworks and Prides Crossing - the former can only be used by GE employees, and the latter gets three trips per day. Admittedly, if you look at West Gloucester on a map, it is in a very woodsy area with not a lot of stuff around it.
Pros: Well...the presence of parking is nice, and it's certainly enough. And...I guess there's a shelter. That's a good thing. CATA stops here, too...three times a day. Hooray?
Cons: Right, well, for starters, there's the unmarked pedestrian entrance that feels like you have to explore a vast forest just to get into the station! Then there's the fact that the mini-highs are COMPLETELY bare, with not even a solitary bench to cater to the few commuters who use this place. Or how about the electric substation, buzzing away right next to the station for all to hear?
Nearby and Noteworthy: Nope. There's no reason why anyone who doesn't live in or have relations with the surrounding houses should come here.
Final Verdict: 4/10
This station has only the most basic amenities possible, and even that is stretching it (cough, pedestrian entrance, cough). It serves a few very small neighborhoods, and even then, only 94 of its residents use it every day! The spider was a neat find, though...
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