|The airport "busway."|
|Now that's an arrival area! Or at least a taxi area.|
|This is pretty generic.|
|Now that's what I call an information booth!|
|I do need a ride! Thank you for asking!|
|The main terminal.|
|Such interesting destinations...|
|The departure level.|
|Oh yeah...the Commuter Rail comes here, too.|
|The elevators up to the skywalk.|
|The elevator was fancier than it looks!|
|Welcome to...the skywalk.|
|The entire cart fleet of the skywalk.|
|Rental cars, anyone?|
|EW EW EW.|
|Ahh, look at all the rental cars!|
|Looking back toward the airport.|
|Hmm...a bit dank.|
|The crowded platform.|
|The platform...from above.|
|An Amtrak train rushing past the station...from above.|
Ridership: Although Providence is the busiest Commuter Rail station outside of Boston, T.F. Green Airport gets much much much lower ridership. On the average weekday, it only gets 227 riders, most of whom probably commute to Providence. That said, on the day I was here, there were huge crowds going to Quonset, but that was a special case.
Pros: For the record, I'm considering the "station" to be the skybridge and beyond. And if that's the case, the skybridge is the best part of T.F. Green Airport by far. Not only does it give a direct pedestrian connection to the airport, but it also looks amazing! Other than that, the station offers a lot of parking (more than its ridership), and most of the platform is sheltered. As an aside, that airport terminal is great, isn't it?
Cons: Once you get past the skybridge, everything is rather bland aesthetically. Additionally, if the MBTA website is to judge, the parking is pretty expensive for the Commuter Rail. Also, the fact that this station is only served by limited weekday trains means that hardly anyone takes the train to actually catch a flight at the airport. Finally, why is all the schedule information here so outdated? You guys have computer monitors, just update them!
Nearby and Noteworthy: Well...T.F. Green Airport, I guess. The rest of the surrounding area is industrial, so that's nothing interesting.
Final Verdict: 7/10 (9/10 for the terminal)
Man, without that awesome skybridge, this station would be quite meh. I mean, it's just a boring concrete Commuter Rail station. But hey, the skybridge makes it. Also, for the record, I really enjoyed reviewing an airport terminal! Maybe I could do the ones at Logan and call them "Silver Line stop reviews." Hmm...
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