|The shelter along the inner loop.|
|This is where you ACTUALLY board.|
|A little building.|
|Hey, parking! Wait...|
|A train on the loop...|
|...and heading out towards Lechmere.|
Ridership: Heath Street's ridership isn't particularly high, with an average of 820 riders per weekday - it's in the bottom 20 for Green Line stations. This could be for a few reasons: for one thing, the Orange Line is reasonably close, and that offers a much faster ride downtown; also, I'm sure many people opt to take the 39, since the E is often delayed.
Pros: This station does have amenities, and where they exist, they're pretty good. After all, the platform is nice and wide, with all the street stop necessities, plus a bit of greenery to make everything look nice!
Cons: But the platform is on the wrong side. I understand why the MBTA would want people to board on the right side of the train so that they can pay their fares at the front, but I don't think this station ever gets crowded enough that a fare dodger wouldn't be caught by the driver. I mean, they could always put a Customer Service Agent here during rush hour so people can actually use the shelter - I think there's often someone in that building on weekdays, anyway. It just seems like a waste to have such a lovely platform that no one can use. Also, for the record, the E used to go all the way to Forest Hills, but it was cut back in the 80s. That service will probably never get restored, but it makes a bit of an "incomplete" feeling at Heath Street (the 39 covers the former service).
Nearby and Noteworthy: Apartments and the V.A. Hospital - and not much else.
Final Verdict: 5/10
What a strange little terminus. Honestly, if that platform were in use, the station would probably end up with a 7! But as it stands, people have to wait at the strange asphalt bit with only a wastebasket for company. Opening the left hand doors would make a world of difference for people's waiting experiences here.
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