|The station...from above.|
|Gotta love that parking.|
|Oooh, that's a nice building!|
|The inside of the building.|
|Some hi-rails going toward Forge Park...from above.|
|A train coming into the station.|
Ridership: Despite being the Franklin Line's namesake station, it's only the third-busiest station on the line. Still, 876 riders per weekday is great ridership for the Commuter Rail. It's also interesting to note that since the parking lot only has 173 spaces, many riders must commute in by means other than driving. The station must get lots of student riders for sure, as Dean College is very close by.
Pros: Oh man, this station has so much character. The place feels very serene, with the "FRANKLIN" spelled out of rocks being a nice touch. And the building...I mean, this has to be one of the nicest buildings I've seen on the Commuter Rail thus far. The inside just has so many details to give an old-timey train station feel.
Cons: The lack of accessibility is really the only problem, but it's a big one. The selfish part of me worries that a mini-high or high level platform would spoil the character, but accessibility is probably more important.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Okay, I'm sure Franklin isn't that boring of a town, but being stuck there for an hour isn't the greatest. I guess it's more of a restaurant-based downtown than a store-based downtown, so there are plenty of places to eat, but if you're looking for shopping, you won't find much.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Accessibility or character? Accessibility or character? Ahh, who am I kidding? I love this station so much. If it had a nice wooden mini-high with a bench on it, the score would go up to a 9, or maybe even a 10. However, at the moment, it's stuck being inaccessible, which is definitely an issue. But hey, that building is great, isn't it?
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